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Hosted by Fatima Hassan


Apr 23, 4:00 PM EDT


$15.00 per person

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About the event

What if everything you thought you knew about Autism and non-speakers was wrong? This powerful film brings to light the incredible depth of potential for your children when we presume competence. We as parents, educators, therapists and community members have to function with an open heart and mind exploring all avenues to give our non-speakers the best chance at communicating. They deserve to live a life unlocked within their own mind, free to express and this film showcases the potential. Join me in meeting, celebrating, championing, advocating and learning from these 8 Spellers and their loved ones!

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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