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Following a week in the life of 15-year-old Billy Price as he traverses the quiet streets of small town Maine, navigating the gap between imagination and reality, BILLY THE KID offers us the chance to witness the world from the view of an expressive and seemingly fearless outsider.Director: Jennifer Venditti
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Challenge Day is an organization providing workshops and support to teens, in order to provide children a world in which they “feel safe, loved and celebrated.” Learn more about their work online.
Visit Wrong Planet, a web community for individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other neurological differences. It is a great forum for anyone either directly or indirectly affected by these disorders.
Visit Tony Attwood’s website. Attwood, an Asperger’s specialist, offers helpful information and links.
Celebrate what makes you different from others, rather than focusing on conforming. By embracing each individual’s unique traits the world is a richer and more tolerant place for us all.
“I was attracted to film by the storytelling aspect. I love filmmaking because I can create something out of ideas, characters, places, and experiences and share that with others who would take something completely different from it. When making BILLY THE KID, I realized that as a director I could share with others the time I was lucky to have with Billy.”
Read the full interview on Indie Wire.
“As a movie which is designed to help ‘normal’ people see through the eyes of someone who is different, it does admirably well – and such understanding is needed…”
Read the full review, written from the view of someone with Asperger’s.
In the new book ‘Geeks,’ author Alexandra Robbins suggests that being popular in high school is not all it’s cracked up to be and can be detrimental to students.
Read this Salon article to find out why popularity is not all it’s cracked up to be.
In 2009, a shy, 47-year-old Scottish woman touched the world with her breathtaking rendition of Les Misérables’ “I Dreamed A Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent. After the performance, Susan Boyle catapulted into a singing sensation, selling more than 14 million records worldwide.”
Find out more on the Huffington Post.
Find out on Live Strong.
Jennifer Venditti’s New York City based casting agency, JV8INC has the objective to expand the boundaries of beauty. Find out more on the official website.
Because they have a hard time grasping what another is feeling many assumed that those with such autism spectrum disorders were incapable of, or indifferent to, intimate relationships. Yet as they reach adulthood, the overarching quest of many in this first generation to be identified with Asperger syndrome is the same as many of their nonautistic peers: to find someone to love who will love them back.
Find out more on the New York Times.
“In different ways and to different degrees, people in many countries view autism as a source of disappointment, annoyance, shame or worse. According to some researchers, stigma may keep families from seeking a diagnosis and services for their children…”
Continue reading on the Interactive Autism Network.
"Jennifer Venditti’s film is a touching reminder of awkward first dates and teenage heart break."
The Documentary Blog