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This was a good documentary style type of movie about two men with
autism who travel the world to show others that lack of verbal
communication does not mean lack of intelligence.
The two men with autism (Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher) communicate primarily via their communication devices. They travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland to encourage others with autism to share their ideas and thoughts. It was moving to see them want to communicate but struggle to do so. It is encouraging to see them help others realize that they have important ideas to share even though they may not be able to speak well (or at all) verbally.
I recommend seeing this movie, though it is in very limited release, so those wishing to view it may have to wait for it to be released on DVD.
I will say the director did an amazing job with this mockumentary. I
rated it as a Documentary though. It showcases two adults with autism
as they travel the world finding other that use "Facilitated
Communication" or FC or Rapid Prompting or whatever new name people
have come up with so they can continue to sell this technique. I will
say again as far as a movie goes. Great! Very moving, I cried a few
times while watching it. I think it highlights some very important
things that need to be dealt with in the adult autism community.
Unfortunately touting this as saying that these guys and girls can talk
is just a complete lie. There have been numerous studies since the 90's
that have shown FC to be completely lead by the facilitators. It's very
easy to fact check this movie. I will say Naoki actually seems to be
independent, but again it's incredibly hard to know because of how they
cut the footage. He might just be a child in need of some sensory
regulation, but functions on a much higher level than the others. Also
if you notice in all the footage his mother is not touching him at all
as he is typing. They also make it a point to show him writing when
completing homework, but again we don't know what level his homework is
Anyhow as I said, if you want to cry a little and understand some of the serious issues facing adults with autism like: funding, adult care, where they live, quality of life without someone to help them. Great watch. Do Not get suckered into them selling FC. The American Psychology Association doesn't accept it as a mode for communication, nor does American SpeechLanguageHearing Association.
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