February 02, 2016
Bristol, VA—February 3, 2016—Autism Is A World, an American documentary film written by Sue Rubin will be shown at the Tuesday, February 16, 2016 TLC Autism Support Group. The meeting will be held at the State Street United Methodist Church, 300 West Valley Drive in Bristol, Virginia from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Sue Rubin, a functionally non-verbal published autistic author is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film in which she communicated via the controversial communication technique of facilitated communication. Rubin was considered to be intellectually disabled as a child. At the age of thirteen, she learned to express herself through a computer keyboard,
otherwise known as facilitated communication, revealing that she was in fact highly intelligent. She went on to study history, specializing in Latin American History at Whittier College and to write speeches about her life as an autistic person. Rubin graduated from Whittier College in Whittier, California with a Bachelor's degree in Latin American History in May 2013.
Rubin considers herself to be a low-functioning autistic person. She has stated that there exists a rift in the autistic community between high functioning autistics who, often, resist efforts to find a cure for autism, and low-functioning autistics like herself who strongly support a cure: "High-functioning people speak and low-functioning people don't. ... Low-functioning people are just trying to get through the day without hurting, tapping, flailing, biting, screaming, etc. The thought of a gold pot of a potion with a cure really would be wonderful."
Produced and directed by Gerardine Wurzburg and co-produced by the CNN cable network, Autism in a World was nominated in the 77th annual Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short Subject. Wurzburg previously won an Academy Award in 1992 for the film Educating Peter. Director Wurzburg has called Rubin "the Helen Keller of her generation". Rubin's dialogue is narrated by actress Julianna Margulies.
The TLC Support Group is free; however, RSVP is requested by calling 276-466-2218 as light snacks will be provided.
The Bristol Crisis Center is a non-profit agency which provides free and confidential services to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since its beginning in 1973, the Bristol Crisis Center has grown from a hotline for teens to an agency which provides a wide range of services including those dealing with issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide prevention and training, outreach to the elderly and homebound, Mental Health First Aid training and Campus SaVE Act Training. Our 24-hour, seven days a week hotline number is (800) 273-8255.