Loving Lampposts

Loving Lampposts

Living Autistic

Downloadable Video - 2011
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As autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years, two opposing questions have been asked about the condition: is it a devastating sickness to be cured? Or is it a variation of the human brain - just a different way to be human? After his son's diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner visits the front lines of the autism wars. We meet the "recovery movement," which views autism as a tragic epidemic brought on by environmental toxins. Operating outside the boundaries of mainstream medicine, these parents, doctors, and therapists search for unconventional treatments that can "reverse" autism and restore their children to normal lives.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinema Libre Studio : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 83 min.)) : sd., col.

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2kool4skool
Apr 10, 2015

I thought this was a pretty interesting documentary. I do kind of wish there was slightly less bias on the commentators part, as you could kind of tell when he leaned a certain way in autistic debates, but I still felt it had a good portrayal of people with all sorts of different kinds of perspectives. Also sort of felt like it would have been nicer to talk more about other things besides the medical parts so much, but a good pro about the movie was that it had a good amount of people interviewed who were actually autistic. A lot of books and movies have lots of experts, friends, and families of autistics, but kind of treat autistic people like their opinion doesn't matter at all, when autistic peoples opinions on autism are definitely the MOST valuable. It also irked me that it had no subtitles, mainly because, as an autistic person who has also seen many other autistic people say this, because of our difficulty with verbal language, having subtitles, even when you are not hearing impaired, can be really nice, but at the same time, this is not a complete surprise as this appears to have been a smaller production kind of movie. One last thing that bothered me was that, even if it was brief, they did interview someone from the Autism Speaks group, which is, while being the most popular autism group, it is also known for having some very questionable and offensive motives, and does not actually have anyone within the group who is really autistic. I can understand them wanting to interview someone from such a well-known group, but at the same time, the group is rarely taken seriously once people know much about their methods, like how they use almost none of their money towards helping actual autistc people, and most of the autism research they pay for has harmful outcomes. All these little quirks and irks this movie has aside, I still think it is an important piece that should be watched and shared.

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jzimmer
Jan 01, 2014

Very insightful. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in the autism spectrum or intervention with children who in the spectrum.

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