5 million people in the United States with speech-related communication disabilities and conditions continue to face low expectations, outright prejudice, and isolation. [They] have the highest rates of segregation, restraint, seclusion, and abuse of any demographic group.
The following videos tell the stories of people who use AAC. Some are 5-minute videos, others are short films, and there are even some full-length documentaries. Take some time to peruse this list and find one or two that you haven’t seen yet. And make sure to share them with your friends, family, and colleagues.
All descriptions are those that are provided by the author of the video.
Dan Bergmann: The End of Intellectual Disability? Lessons from Nonspeaking Autism
The Reason I Jump – Official Trailer
Chammi- Hear Me Now (A Film Poem)
Jordyn’s Rocky Journey: Amazing Visions of an Autistic Boy
Autism Is A World
This Is Not About Me
What is it like to be autistic and non-speaking in a world that has already made up its mind about you? “This Is Not About Me” tells the story of Jordyn Zimmerman. Jordyn dreamt of becoming a teacher. She started out eager to learn at school, but she was soon separated from the other children. Unable to communicate, teachers thought she was also unable to understand or learn. Year after year, her behavior worsened. She was restrained and placed in seclusion. Jordyn found herself caught in a system that unintentionally turned her life into a living nightmare. Finally, at the age of 18, with the help of educators who see her differently, she manages to turn her fate and flourish.
Watch the story of one autistic woman that fought hard to be recognized and trusted. Share the trailer to bring awareness and change the lives of countless others fighting that same system today.
This film includes conversations about and references to restraint and topics such as disability-based discrimination and harassment. We acknowledge that this content may be difficult to view, so we encourage you to prepare emotionally before proceeding. Take care of your safety and well-being.
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All proceeds from the film will support the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), CommunicationFIRST, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism to support them in their missions.
DEEJ (with Subtitles)
My Story by Gregory C Tino
Wretches & Jabberers
Tim Villegas is the Director of Communications for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. He is also the founder of Think Inclusive, which is the blog, podcast, and social media handle of MCIE. He has 16 years of experience in public education as a teacher and district support specialist. His focus now is on how media and communications can promote inclusive education for all learners.