Autism Is a World – Short Documentary Demonstrates the Power of Facilitated Communication

Watch the opening to the 2004 Academy Award® nominated film Autism Is A World, which makes a powerful argument for the validity of facilitated communication.

Meet Sue Rubin

Meet Sue Rubin, a woman with autism who was considered mentally retarded as a child. Sue is the subject of "Autism Is a World," a 2004 Academy Award nominated short subject documentary film directed by Gerardine Wurzburg and co-produced by the CNN cable network. What amazes many viewers of the film is that it was written by Sue, who learned to communicate via facilitated communication.

At the age of thirteen, Sue learned to express herself through a computer keyboard, otherwise known as facilitated communication or supported typing, revealing that she was in fact highly intelligent. She went on to study history, specializing in Latin American History at Whittier College, and to write speeches about her life with autism. Director Wurzburg has called Sue “the Helen Keller of her generation”. Her dialogue is narrated by actress Julianna Margulies (ER, Good Wife).

About Autism is a World

Autism is a World is a rare and compelling voyage into Sue Rubin’s mind, her daily world, and her struggle with autism. Sue says she is sometimes her own worst nightmare. In this extraordinary film, she guides the audience through all that is special, and unusual, about her life, providing an unflinching look at the world of autism.

Director Gerardine Wurzburg previously won an Oscar for “Educating Peter,” and is president of State of the Art, Inc. in Washington DC, which co-produced the film with CNN Presents.

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