Sunday, March 22, 2009
Autism- the Musical
NetFlix delivered it and we watched Autism the Musical last evening. The title itself makes one curious to view the film to see how it all turns out. it is a beautifully instructive movie that follows the lives of 5 children with autism and a courageous and creative musical director who has faith in her cast of autistic children that, in fact, they can perform a musical about their affliction.
If one has never seen nor experienced an autistic child, this film is a great way to pass the course, Autism 101. Each of the five 'stars' exhibits a unique phase in the autism spectrum. Some children are extremely verbal while some are totally mute. Some are brilliant while others are on the fringes of mental competence.
What is most redeeming is the determination of the parents to fight for the dignity of their child and not allow either society or the school system label or pigeonhole their son or daughter.
Autism Speaks is an organization with the goal "...dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals."