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SPELLERS

Hosted by Joel Troyer

When

Apr 23, 3:30 PM EDT

Where

Tibbits Opera House

14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI, 49036

Price

Free Screening

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About the event

"Even knowing what I knew from speaking with JB and other parents involved in the care of their young adult children, I did not expect to go through the emotional ride that SPELLERS mandates of you. I literally had to take it in small doses - 20 minutes at at time, to let myself process what I had just seen on the screen. Not out of disbelief - but rather out of my keen sensitivity to injustices and my penchant to fight for the downtrodden." - James Lyons-Weiler PhD

Proverbs 31: 8-9

The SPELLERS movie screening is open to the public and price of admission will be by donation to the SPELLERS Freedom Foundation thanks to Michigan for Vaccine Choice who generously sponsored this event. We truly appreciate their support in making this life changing film available for all.

A Q&A session will follow the film.

ALL EDUCATORS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS CAN APPLY FOR CEU / CME CE CREDITS OF 2.5 HOURS THROUGH THIS SCREENING

Event Participants

Krishna Donaparth, MD

Regenerative & Functional Family Med.

Dr Avery Jackson III

MD, FACS, FAANS, Author, Frontline Dr.

Dr James Lyons-Weiler PhD

Scientist; Founder of IPAK-Edu; Author

Alyssa Miller

MS, CCC-SLP, Licensed S2C Therapist

Joel Troyer

Autism dad and screening host

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

About the space

The beautiful Tibbits Opera House is the second oldest active theater in MI. and has near perfect acoustics. All are welcome to this screening and if you are a parent of a non-speaker or minimal speaker with autism, we encourage you to bring them. This is an inclusive environment. We are also honored to welcome an incredible expert panel for our Q&A discussion that includes,Dr Avery Jackson III, FACS, FAANS, Neurosurgeon, American Frontline Doctor and author / Alyssa Miller, MS, CCC-SLP who is also a Licensed S2C CRP. / Dr James Lyons-Weiler PhD, Scientist and author as well as the founder of IPAK-EDU. / Joel Troyer, Father of a non-speaker with autism who is learning the SPELLERS method. QR codes will be made available for donations. We will also accept cash, or checks made payable to SPELLERS FREEDOM FOUNDATION. Cash bar and light concessions also available.

Type of space (theater)

Alcohol for sale

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Food for sale

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