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Wednesday, December 2 • 1:40pm - 3:10pm
Wretches and Jabberers FILLING

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"Wretches & Jabberers" tells the story of two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, journeying around the world to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. 

About the Film:
In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. Growing up, Thresher and Bissonnette were presumed “retarded” and excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers.

When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. Between moving and transformative encounters with young men and women with autism, parents and students, Thresher and Bissonnette take time to explore local sights and culture; dipping and dodging through Sri Lankan traffic in motorized tuk-tuks, discussing the purpose of life with a Buddhist monk and finally relaxing in a traditional Finnish sauna. Along the way, they reunite with old friends, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause. From beginning to end, Thresher and Bissonnette inspire parents and young men and women with autism with a poignant narrative of personal struggle that always rings with intelligence, humor, hope and courage. To learn more about Wretches and Jabberers, go to: http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/

 

Speakers
avatar for Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng

Education and Communication Specialist, Howard Center
I currently work for the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont as an educational and communication specialist, providing training and consultation in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities... Read More →
avatar for Harvey Lavoy

Harvey Lavoy

Director Communication & Training & Resources, Community Developmental Services
Harvey F. Lavoy, 3rd has a B.S. in Special Education and has worked in the field of Human Services since 1973. He has worked for Community Developmental Services (CDS), a division of Washington County Mental Health Services, in Barre Vermont since 1994. He currently is the Director... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Thresher

Tracy Thresher

Mentor and Communication Consultant, Washington County Mental Health
Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Vermont. Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism in Vermont to be introduced to the method. He has presented at local, statewide and national workshops and conferences... Read More →


Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:40pm - 3:10pm PST
Salon D 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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