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The kids of SPELLERS just swept the Phoenix Film Festival
The world is about to find out.
If you’re following along with the wild ride of the non-speaking autistic kids and young adults who are now fully and eloquently communicating with their families and teachers through Spelling-to-Communicate, you heard a few weeks ago that their documentary SPELLERS was an official selection to be screened at the Phoenix Film Festival. The festival ran from March 23rd through last night, April 2nd, and SPELLERS had four showings: March 31st, April 1st, and twice on April 2nd—with three of the shows selling out.
I woke up this morning to see photos of these three proud grins and trophies in hand. (Read more below the jump.)
Spellers is based on Underestimated An Autism Miracle by JB and Jamie Handley. You can purchase a copy here.
Underestimated: An Autism Miracle will touch your heart, inspire you, remind you of the power of love, and ultimately leave you asking tough questions about how many more Jamisons might be waiting for their chance to be freed from their prison of silence, too. And, for the millions of parents of children with autism, the book offers a detailed description of a communication method that may give millions of people with autism back their voice.
The festival screened over 150 films with 12 in the “Competition” category, and SPELLERS took the awards for both Donor’s Choice Best Documentary and Best Documentary of the entire festival, and they did it on April 2nd, World Autism Day, of all days.
Show your support for SPELLERS by purchasing a “Get On Board” t-shirt from the official Spellers Freedom Foundation, or make a donation here. I know you want to see this film! And soon you can! Beginning April 20th, there will be private screenings through Kinema. For information about becoming a SPELLERS movie host in your town, join their Facebook group. You can also follow this link, scroll down to “Create Screening Event” and go from there.
Congratulations to all the guys and girls who made SPELLERS come to life. All the glory is yours.
The Environmental And Genetic Causes of Autism
By James Lyons-Weiler, PhD
The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism delves deep into the full body of past and current research to reveal how genetic predispositions and environmental factors can combine to produce the conditions autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
While most autism researchers focus on either environmental or genetic causes of autism, Lyons-Weiler’s opus demonstrates that to fully understand the condition and to finally put its rate on the decrease, it is essential to pay attention to the science showing how the two classes of factors interact.
What other book could we share as April begins?
Denial: How refusing to face the facts about our autism epidemic hurts children, families - and our future.
By Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted
...The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibility—and, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.