Wretches and Jabberers
Wretches and Jabberers directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, with Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette
In this poignant, entertaining and perspective-changing documentary, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette embark on a world tour to change people's perception of autism.
What's particular about this? Tracy and Larry have limited speech. And for an uninformed observer, they may seem intellectually disabled. But these men and their counterparts around the world are highly intelligent, sensitive, and dedicated. Using assisted typing, they help us and the people they address in Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland to understand that they and other autistic people can be as smart and outspoken as anyone, given the opportunity.
On their tour, they meet and connect with other autistic advocates who are also non verbal. In an effort to change the public's perception of disabled people in general, and autistics in particular, together they attend summits, conventions and talks, seeking to spread the message that autistic people, no matter their apparent capacities, have the potentiel for intellectual development and participation in society - and their efforts are a success.
As activists, philosophers and promoters of universal love, respect and empathy, these two men and their allies changed my perception of humanity forever.