VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Finding and maintaining romantic relationships can be challenging for anyone, but for those with autism, impairments in social interaction and difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication can make it next to impossible. Or so you might think before watching Matt Fuller’s hopeful and affecting documentary on four adults with autism (all admittedly on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum). Lindsey and Dave, both in their early 30s, are contemplating marriage after a 10-year relationship that began when they meet at an autism conference. Middle-aged Stephen is trying to cope with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Lenny, a socially isolated 22-year-old living with his mom, is desperately searching (so far unsuccessfully) for a girlfriend. Their stories — profound, hopeful, sometimes heartbreaking — provide a new and necessary perspective on what is without a doubt a universal human need.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC. He was previously the Cheryl and Reece Scott Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, the first medical chair devoted to the study of autism. Dr. Bailey’s research has investigated the neurobiological basis of autistic disorders. His clinical work focuses on teenagers and able adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by ACT – Autism Community Training
“An admirable doc.”
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