DEEJ Free Movie Screening and Discussion 4/2/18

Published: March 2nd, 2018

Category: Autism, Calendar, Community, Training

April 2, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: University of Florida Reitz Union Auditorium
Presenter: D.J. Savarese

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family, but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, the obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, discovering what having a voice can truly mean. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. DEEJ, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside by DJ; not by his parents, autism experts, or even the camera. At its core, DEEJ reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

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