Autism Awareness film to be presented in Escanaba

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ESCANABA — Bay College will show the film Wretches & Jabberers on the Escanaba Campus in the Besse Center Theater on April 9th from 6-8pm EST and at their Iron Mountain West Campus in Fornetti Hall also on April 9th from 2-4pm CST.

The film is about two men with autism who embark on a road trip to change how people feel about disabilities.

On April 16th the stars of the film will visit Escanaba High School and Bay College to present, “Breaking Down the Barriers of Autism.” The first presentation is at the Escanaba High School in the auditorium from 10 – 11am EST. Their second presentation is at Bay College at their Escanaba Campus in the Besse Center Theater on April 16th from 6-8pm EST. It will also be live streamed to the Iron Mountain West Campus in Fornetti Hall from 5-7pm CST that same day.

Oscar® winner and twice Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Gerardine Wurzburg, directed the featured documentary.Wurzburg’s compelling documentary, which chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, displays a bold quest to change attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.

Like many children with autism, Tracy and Larry grew up unable to speak. They faced a future of social isolation in adult disability centers. When Tracy was 23 and Larry was 34, their lives changed when they learned to communicate by typing.

Larry notes, “nothing I did…convinced people I had an inner life until I started typing.”

It is Antti who humorously declares the world is divided into “Wretches” – those with limited speech – and “Jabberers” – those who can speak freely.

He tells the group, “We poor wretches are better than jabberers. They don’t know it yet, but we will tell it to them [at the conference].”

The Bay College Diversity Committee is partnering with the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in celebration of Autism Awareness Month to sponsor these events and make them FREE and OPEN to the Public.

For more information please contact Joseph Mold at Bay College via email at moldj@baycollege.edu or Andy Claes at the DSISD/Escanaba High School at aclaes@dsisd.net.

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