Watch I Want to Say to see how new technology improves the quality of life for autistic students.
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‘I Want to Say’ is a 27-minute documentary short that tells the story of Hacking Autism, a newly adopted Autism Speaks initiative devoted to unlocking the voices of children with autism through technology.
The film sprang from the desire to share the true stories of six children with autism who communicated for the first time through the use of touch technology. It highlights the growing prevalence of autism (recently reported to affect 1 in 88), the parents’ emotional struggle to communicate with their children, and the hope and promise that came with introducing assistive technology to the autism community.
I Want to Say chronicles the lives of several children from the Hope Technology School in Palo Alto, CA, an inclusive school with both typical and special-needs students working together. Students and teachers here, sparked the discovery that touch technology can empower those with autism to communicate with their families after years of silence and even tell their parents they love them for the first time. The film also features Temple Grandin, a hero in the autism community.
Typer Kayla Takeuchi, who makes an appearance in the documentary, defines her goal as simply being able “to change the way people view us.”
I Want to Say was produced by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and production company Bodega.