Wretches and Jabberers


FFIR Crystal, FA Betts, and RAs Nicole and Olo present a fascinating
look into the world of autism:

 Join us for a film screening of the documentary “Wretches and Jabberers”

Followed by a discussion with Professor Fran Bernstein (Drew University)

an expert in the History of Medicine and Disability Studies

Tuesday, February 21

7pm in 4th Floor Lounge

Dinner from S’Mac wil be served.

In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest
to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to
put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette,
52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect
public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to
reconsider competency and the future.

Growing up, Thresher and Bissonnette were presumed “retarded” and
excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced
lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability
centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their
lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same
possibility exists for others like themselves

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