Autism Talk TV - Ep. 11 - If You Could Say it in Words
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If You Could Say it in Words is a great new film about an autistic protagonist Nelson and his experience with love. The film came out on DVD yesterday, November 23, 2010. In this episode of Autism Talk TV, I switch sides of the camera and get interviewed along with director Nicholas Gray and actors Alvin Keith and Marin Ireland about the project. Nicholas has graciously offered to allow approved nonprofits to screen the film for for benefits and community events.
After getting the chance to watch the film, I was very excited. I interviewed Nicholas, and actor Alvin Keith, at my home in Virginia. Shortly after the interview was published, I posted a review of the movie to Wrong Planet, in which I described the film as having "the most authentic portrayal of an autistic person that I've ever seen in the movies.".
After I had posted these two articles to Wrong Planet, director Nicholas Gray and I became friends. Needless to say, I was very happy when he called me and told me that he had secured a distributor for the film.
Nicholas licensed my documentary 'autism reality' to include in the special features of the DVD for If You Could Say it in Words. In addition, he asked me to produce a documentary about the plight of the undiagnosed Aspie.
Nicholas has graciously offered to allow approved nonprofits to screen the film for community events. Some nonprofits have already taken advantage of this program. You can contactAdam Eisenstein if your organization is interested showing If You Could Say it in Words at one of your events. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nice documentary, Autism Talk TV!
I really like the focus on how people who are undiagnosed and on the autism spectrum have to deal with life without answers as to why we can't achieve 'normal.' I was diagnosed with my autism spectrum disorder at 26 and I agree that it was difficult to go through life and struggle without knowing why and not being able to tell others why as well.
I also agree with Alex that it's nice to see the character himself developed first and then the autism spectrum stuff worked in instead of the character being built around the diagnosis only.
Nice video and I will add this movie to a long list of other stuff to get at some point :)
By far the best ATTV yet, Alex. I'm really excited to see the film and your documentary.
I was at work having a very frustrating day, when I watched this over my lunch break and it made me cry. I wasn't dx'd with AS until I was almost 24 and work for a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, so it was Nick's comment about his hope that their film encourages people to "seek services" that made me tear up. It's such a wonderful thought, but the truth is that there is very little out there in the way of services for formally-diagnosed adults and nothing for adults who cannot afford high cost of a diagnosis from a competent professional.
I have been pushing to expand autism services at my agency, but there are a lot of barriers and work to be done. I love working with people with all types of disabilities, but it's heartbreaking to be able to help those with physical disabilities, while I don't have the resources to help people who are facing the same challenges I was just a few years ago.
Alex, I hope your documentary addresses that the 'plight of the undiagnosed aspie' is not just about encountering misunderstandings and a lack of sensitivity from others. It also means being barred from accessing the social service programs one needs and, basically, slipping through the cracks. I've seen undiagnosed, but clearly autistic, adults who have wound up unemployed, homeless, incarcerated or unnecessarily placed in mental institutions. The most frustrating thing is that this is preventable.
If your documentary doesn't capture the reality of how hard having undiagnosed autism can be, it would be awesome if you would consider working on a more in-depth project on the subject in the future. Interviewing professionals in the field and people like John Elder Robison and his son is wonderful, but I think it's also important for people to see individuals with AS whose lives and day-to-day challenges are very different. You guys are in a position to effect tangible change and I hope you take advantage of it fully!
Thanks so much guys for what you are doing to raise awareness. You should be proud of what you've done so far and I hope you take it even further!
Re: Autism Talk TV - Ep. 11 - If You Could Say it in Words (Score: 1) by hesting Friday, November 26 @ 07:36:37 EST (User Info | Send a Message)
Nice video again.
I wish I had known about this film when it was released. I'm in doubt whether it was shown in German cinemas.
So I would walk straightly to the store to buy the DVD if I knew it was there. :)
Re: Autism Talk TV - Ep. 11 - If You Could Say it in Words (Score: 1) by clshoes23 Tuesday, June 21 @ 04:12:22 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
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