Wretches & Jabberers Documentary Boosts Autism AwarenessApr 10th, 2011 | By Kim Harrison | Category: Health
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and theaters across the country are helping boost autism awareness by showing Wretches & Jabberers. The documentary dramatically delivers the message that people with autism can overcome communication challenges to achieve great things.
Wretches & Jabberers follows the world tour of autism awareness spokesmen Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52. Thresher and Bissonnette both endured lives of mute isolation in institutions and disability centers until they learned as adults to communicate by typing. Thresher now works as an advocate, and Bissonnette as an artist, and both maintain their own blogs. With their newfound ability to express the ideas that had been locked inside for so many years, they travel the world offering hope to those with similar impairments and educating the public about the capability of those with autism.
Wretches & Jabberers was originally released on a limited scale in July 2010 in New York and California. The film is produced by Douglas Biklen and Gerardine Wurzburg, who previously collaborated on the 2004 Academy-Award-nominated documentary Autism Is a World. Biklen is a Syracuse University educator who promotes facilitated communication to help people with communication disabilities. Wurzburg won an Academy Award in 1992 for Educating Peter, a documentary on a third-grade boy with Down syndrome, followed up in 2001 by Graduating Peter.
A two-minute trailer for Wretches & Jabberers can be viewed on the film’s official website.