Thursday, July 23, 2020, 5:00 pm
David "Deej" James Savares walking on a sidewalk holding a binder

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a non-speaking autistic, “Deej” challenges misconceptions of what an alternatively communicating autistic can do. As one of only two non-speaking autistics included in regular education from kindergarten through college graduation, DJ expands our understanding of what full inclusion entails and the possibilities it offers to everyone.

Panel discussion to follow, exploring the power of poetry, art and other forms of creative resistance as well as the potential for that power to create lasting liberatory change — both cultural and political. Panelists include “Deej” star and co-producer David James Savares and poet, blogger and activist Lateef McLeod. Moderator: Assistant Professor of Disability Studies Sara M. Acevedo.

ASL/captioning provided. The film will play with captioning and open audio description by default, as well as closed audio description by request.

This event is the second of three in the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability summer series #NoBodyIsDisposable.

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Making Change Media
Emily Beitiks