‘Autism Goes to the Movies’ to explore challenges

Join us for “Autism Goes to the Movies” on Tuesday, Apr. 17, hosted by the Jewish Abilities Alliance, the Katz Jewish Community Center, and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Through the lens of a movie camera, explore what autism looks like, the unique challenges faced by people on the spectrum, and triumph in the face of adversity.

The program will challenge stereotypes by looking at films like “Rain Man,” “Wretches and Jabberers,” “How to Dance in Ohio,” “Autism: The Musical,” “Best Kept Secret,” and “Life Animated.” The event will feature two special guest speakers: Jennifer Hoheisel and her son, Will, who has autism. Jennifer is a professor at Camden County College. Will has a degree in film. Together, they use their experience living with autism to defy preconceived notions and examine the challenges and triumphs people with autism face. This event will redefine what it means to have autism.

“Autism Goes to the Movies” is free to attend, but advance registration is required. The event will be held at the Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, from 7-9 p.m. on Apr. 17. Concessions will be provided by the JFCS Soups & Sweets program.

Register online at jewishsouthjersey.org/calendar/autismmovie

For more information, please contact Jennifer Arey at jarey@jfedsnj.org or (856) 673-2554.

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