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Date(s) - 10/03/2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hilton Hotel


Don’t Miss this Opportunity to hear the story, Life Animated, from the Author and Parent Ron Suskind! Ron’s sixth book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, examines his family’s twenty-year struggle with their youngest son, Owen, who is on the autism spectrum. Having lost his speech at age three, Owen seized upon a particular interest in the form of animated Disney movies, which helped him make sense of himself and the world. By memorizing these iconic movies and parroting their dialogue, he learned how to communicate and express himself, prompting his family members to create elaborate stage sets in the Suskind home to re-enact these films and speak Disney along with him. Owen emerged as a teenager with a unique skillset; along the way, he may have created a method for other parents and medical experts to reach autistic kids by following a similar model of emulative expression. This deeply personal but universally resonant presentation is an adventure story of the human heart in which Ron shares stories of Owen’s unique transformation from quiet solitude to animated communication . .  . For more information and to register, please go to www.thearcofil.org/events