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SPELLERS

Hosted by Renee Chaffee

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Sep 1, 7:00 PM PDT - Oct 1, 7:00 PM PDT

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$10.00 per person

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SPELLERS: Movie Premiere and Screening Winner, Best Documentary, 2023 Phoenix Film Festival

The film blends beautiful cinematography with heart-wrenching stories of eight spellers and a strong message for every parent of a nonspeaker: your child can do this, too. SPELLERS also demands that teachers, schools, and therapists wake up to the reality that we may have underestimated the abilities of more than 50 million people worldwide. This film is a beacon of light in a world that has been dark for millions of nonspeaking people. Everything you might have thought about nonspeaking autism and down syndrome will be blown away. It is finally their time to shine.

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Inspire Speech & Language, LLC

Renee@inspirespeechlv.com

SLP/S2C practitioner practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada

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.”

Genre

Documentary

Runtime

1h 23m

Released

2023

Director

Pat Notaro

Executive Producer

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

Cast

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

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