By Patty Pacelli
How to Dance in Ohio follows a group of young people on the autism spectrum who experience nervousness and excitement in planning a spring formal dance. In the new HBO documentary, director Alexandra Shiva said she wanted to show similarities rather than differences of the teens and young adults highlighted in her film, and hoped the audience would feel a connection to the characters, whether on the autism spectrum or not. I believe they accomplished this goal in a unique and heartfelt way that portrays the characters with dignity and honesty.
By Trevor Pacelli
I’m sure most of you remember the 1988 Oscar-winning picture, Rain Man, which is about a used car salesman (Tom Cruise) trying to get his share of his father’s fortune by manipulating his autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman). His goal to do so has its challenges, as his brother, Raymond, who has unimaginable skills in counting and memorization, isn’t capable of taking care of himself or even maintaining a conversation with someone. This film was made back when autism was not well known, and there wasn't much information to define someone with autism. But looking at it from today’s perspective, is Rain Man an accurate portrayal of somebody on the autism spectrum?
Inspiration for Life with Autism
This blog has a variety of articles about people living life with autism, and topics and ideas that can help in the journey. Guest bloggers are welcome. Inspired by Trevor, a young adult film critic, photographer and college graduate on the autism spectrum.