Thursday, March 31, 2011
Clinic Notes: "Wretches and Jabberers"
Tracy Thresher, who is nonverbal because of autism, and friend Larry Bissonnette call themselves "wretches" and people who can speak they call "jabbers." Their message, the subject of a new documentary being released in 40 cities, is simple. They are intelligent, but intelligent in a different way--a way that requires people to look beyond the "wacky, goofy behavior." Disability does not equal dumb is the message they try to spread as the travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland.