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SPELLERS

Hosted by Maria Mutnansky

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Available

Feb 23, 7:00 PM EST - Mar 24, 7:00 PM EDT

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$10.00 per person

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Worldwide

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About the event

For 26 years we were told, and believed, that our Autistic son was cognitively impaired. Like everyone we knew, we believed what Zach's body showed us. Then, on September 1, 2022, Zach started a journey that allowed him to show us how intelligent, compassionate, and cognitively whole he is. And he isn't alone. It is others who have trampled the rough road before him, as we hope to pave it more smoothly for others who will follow. Through a method called Spelling to Communicate (S2C), Zach is learning to control his disobedient body to literally spell out his thoughts, his hopes, his desires and his dreams. Never in a million years did we imagine the gift of getting to know our son in this way. Never could we have guessed that Zach has been trapped in his body without a way to communicate. It is our hope that every nonspeaking or unreliably speaking Autistic individual will be given the chance to learn this method, and that hope begins with awareness. I invite you to watch this movie, and to come to know the truth. I blog about my son's journey at  rediscoveringzach.wordpress.com

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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