I don’t cry often – but was in tears for nearly half of Wretches & Jabberers – a documentary I stumbled upon tonight on Netflix. I have gone to school the past 5 years so specialize in Autism and have worked for almost 10 years with people with Autism but still have a hard time finding those who have similar beliefs about Autism as I do which is why Wretches & Jabberers touched me so.
With limited speech, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, both faced lives of mute 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.
The day has come for the world to WAKE UP to the fact about people with Autism. Yes – even those with Autism who are non-verbal are FAR from unintelligent. In most cases research and new ways of communication is proving the fact that they are actually extremely intelligent yet have been deprived schooling and normal age-related experiences their whole life all because they do not have the means to communicate.
Is different wrong?
Because those with Autism act different, should we make our focus on CHANGING them and hiding them or should we focus on teaching ACCEPTANCE to everyone else?
I am begging everyone to STOP speaking in front of children and adults with Autism as if they cannot understand EVERYTHING that you are saying.
In more ways than not, people with Autism are just like you and I inwardly yet they cannot control outward impulses or communicate.
The 2 men in Wrethches & Jabberers mission with this documentary is for us to know that those with Autism are more like us than not.