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Apr 30, 3:00 PM MDT - May 30, 3:00 PM MDT


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About the event

What if that person who can't speak can understand everything and longs to communicate with the rest of the world? This film tells the stories of several non-speakers who took advantage of a therapy opportunity that allowed them to finally have a voice. The amazing results prove that it was the right move to presume competence when interacting with them. Now they want to share this opportunity with all non-speakers everywhere, and to let the rest of the world know that outward appearances can be deceiving. Don't underestimate anyone!

About the film

Inspired by the book Underestimated, the new full-length documentary SPELLERS challenges conventional wisdom regarding a group relegated to society’s margins: nonspeakers with autism, who most “experts” believe are cognitively disabled. As the film opening asks, “What if we’ve been wrong…about every single one of them?” SPELLERS answers that question, in convincing fashion, through the stories of eight nonspeakers—Aydan, Evan, Sid, Maddie, Jamie, Vince, Cade, and Elizabeth—who all found their voice through the miraculous process of using a letterboard to communicate their thoughts and feelings. As Jamie explains, “we think, feel, and learn just like everyone else.”




1h 23m




Pat Notaro

Executive Producer

Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dawnmarie Gaivin, Dana Johnson, Gail Tanner


Aydan Boden, Jamie Handley, Cade Larson, Vince Rinicella, Madison Hollman, Evan Tastor, Elizabeth Bonker, Sid Sarathy

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