Hosted by Optimal Rhythms, Inc
Apr 21, 5:00 PM CDT - May 21, 5:00 PM CDT
$10.00 per person
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SPELLERS Movie On-Demand
Optimal Rhythms is excited to offer this on-demand screening of SPELLERS! Join us to #rethinkautism and celebrate the gifts of nonspeakers!
Watch this film to see why we must re-evaluate our outdated beliefs and practices that have limited opportunities for nonspeaking people in our schools, therapy clinics, places of worship, and communities for far too long.
Let’s create Optimal ACCESS to Life, Learning, Communication, and Community for individuals with complex communication, sensory, and motor challenges by supporting all SPELLERS to enjoy the rights the rest of us enjoy!
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.”
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