Hollywood and autism

I found this article very interesting. To those of us with someone who is autistic or perhaps know someone who is autistic, there is a saying that goes when you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism. In other words, everyone with autism is different.

What this article points out is how many of the characters we see in movies and in television, that portray someone that is either autistic or on the spectrum, are in fact very similar. In turn, what that does is limits people understanding of autism.

The article is entitled “Is Hollywood’s Portrayal of Autism Fair” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. Definitely worth the read for everyone.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Adam

So I watched the movie Adam, a young man with Asperger’s. The story line is about his relationship with a young lady named Beth. I must say at times it was hard to watch, wondering if my son will ever have a relationship. Anyway, I made it through and I must say, I’m glad I did. I think in a small way it gave me hope for my son.

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Autism Librarian

Adam

So I recently came across what looks like an interesting movie entitled Adam about a young man with aspergers and a young lady he meets. While I’m not sure where my son is in regards to maybe one day having a relationship, perhaps it will even give me some insight into what is possible. It also looks like a cute movie.

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Autism Librarian

Inclusive

Okay, so today I have two articles to post because each of them in their own way, tell a story about society and how it’s changing for the better. The first one is entitled “Tribeca Win Goes To Film Starring Those On The Spectrum” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop.

The second article is entitled “Beauty Pageant Contestant With Down Syndrome Set To Make Historyby Aimee Blanchette and also over at Disability Scoop via the Star Tribune. It’s nice to see inclusion and diversity becoming more common.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Life, Animated

So what seems like many years ago, I read the book Life, Animated  by Ron Suskind and now I see the movie is finally out on dvd. It’s definitely a movie I want to see. Check it out when you get the chance or better yet, read the book first and then go see the movie. Good stuff!

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Autism Librarian

Life, Animated

For the life of me, I can’t remember if I read this book (but I think I did). Anyway, now it’s a movie and I can’t wait to see it. I only know this because of an article I stumbled upon over at Disability Scoop entitled “Autism Documentary Headed To Theaters” by Shaun Heasley.

So check it out if you get the chance. It should be good (I think). Meanwhile, I might have to go back and check the book out again.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Sensory friendly films

Last weekend the kids and I went to see Eddie the Eagle at the movie theater, on opening day no less. We haven’t been to a theater to see a movie in probably a few years, so the sticker shock was a bit of a surprise but I also learned that my daughter actually liked going to what are called sensory friendly films for the same reasons we went for my son.

The lights are on, there are no scary previews and everyone is welcome. If you’re interested in checking these out, here’s a link to the Sensory Friendly Films. As they use to say in the old(er) days, it’s fun for the whole family.

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Autism Librarian

In for a landing

Okay, I finally finished Fly Away and I have to say it was the hardest movie I’ve ever had to watch. As I said in my post last year entitled Fly away, it definitely hit close to home. I think however, that I needed to watch it.

As I also said, I’ve been working on planing for my son’s future and sometimes it’s a very difficult process to go through. I just need a gentle nudge tonight.

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Autism Librarian

Just an observation

As I said before, it’s my oldest who is autistic but sometimes I see pieces of him in his siblings. The latest piece was when my daughter said she would rather go to see a movie at the movie theater with the lights on like we use to do.

When my son was younger, we use to go to the ones put on by Autism Speaks where the lights are on, there are no ads and the volume can be adjusted. There we would see all types of kids with autism.

You see, last week they went to see latest Star Wars with their mom but since I haven’t seen it yet, she (and her brothers) offered to go with me to see it this weekend with Autism Speaks. Speaks volumes if you ask me.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian