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More Than Rain Man: Autism Portrayals on Screen

For a long time, the Oscar-winning 1988 drama Rain Man wasn’t just the best-known representation of autism on film, it was a lot of people’s only frame of reference for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in general. But over the past decade or so, as more and more kids have been diagnosed as on the spectrum, … READ MORE

Matt Fuller Explores the Autism Spectrum with Intimate Film

Filmmaker Matt Fuller began his career in Hollywood, working for Sony Pictures in various capacities (on such films as Vacancy, Prom Night, and The Stepfather), and went on to supervise the development and production of Warner Bros.’s Arthur and Relativity’s Limitless. Eventually, Fuller decided he wanted to operate more independently and launched his own production company. Fuller’s first film as a director emerged … READ MORE

The Cost of Love: Caring for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that November is National Family Caregiver Month? (Here are some suggested ways of thanking the caregivers in your life.) The care of aging adults is a problem we all face, especially with more and more Americans living longer, but caring for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) makes the aging process all the more … READ MORE

Sophie Sartain Finds Resonance in Her Family’s Caregiving Story

Longtime documentary film writer, editor, and fundraiser Sophie Sartain decided to go personal for her directorial debut. Her film Mimi and Dona enters the world of Sophie’s grandmother and developmentally disabled aunt, who after sixty years together face their inevitable separation. Shot over the course of six years, the film uses family photos and footage to tell the poignant and often humorous … READ MORE