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Autism Is A World

03 Dec

Autism Is A World – directed by Geraldine Wurzburg. Documentary. The emergence and education of a radically autistic girl, Sue Rubin. 40 minutes Color 2004.
★★★★★
Astonishing is the revelation of the heart and soul of this young woman, who as a child was a dangerous pyromaniac, violent, unreliable, and dense. She was taken to the office of a Harvard specialist in her condition who gave her a keyboard, and presently the girl began to communicate. To read. To spell things out on the keyboard for others to read. Eventually, to our astonishment, she graduates from college, still not being able to utter a word.

Mind you, although as an adult living separate from her parents, she still requires round-the-clock attendance. She understands her condition full well, however. She understands and she tells us, how, for instance, the autistic urges come upon her – to wander mentally, move oddly, roll her eyes, and so forth.

Very few of us have the opportunity to be familiar with an autistic person, to live around one, to grow accustomed to one, and to treat one as a human being, and ask from the autistic person that one be treated as such too. I happen to be fortunate in that regard. But if you are not, here is a thrilling opportunity to break through that disadvantage and visit with this fine young woman up close.

 
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