‘Clay Marzo: Just Add Water’ and ClayMarzo.com

“Clay Marzo: Just Add Water,” the award-winning documentary about a champion surfer with Asperger’s syndrome is available as a DVD or download. It gets a good review here from AspieWeb.

If you’re a fan of Clay Marzo or surfing, check out ClayMarzo.com for some fabulous photos and videos.

From AspieWeb:

So I finally was able to watch a video about world famous surfer with Autism Clay Marzo. The movie titled ‘Just Add Water’ is a great video and I highly recommend it! The video does a good job showing how successful and great people with Autism can be. This is a great video for the person with Autism who is feeling down and like they will not be successful. There are also interview with Dr. Tony Attwod the world expert on Aspergers.

via Clay Marzo: Just Add Water – Autistic Surfer.

Autism, Disco And Me: TV review

When James Hobley makes his professional debut as a dancer – and given his talent it is a when, not an if, even though he’s only 10 – Hollywood will be beating down the door to turn his story into a feel-good biopic. It’s Billy Elliot with the added twist of autism. If only Daniel Day-Lewis was 40 years younger and could get his leg behind his head without CGI, he’d have another Oscar in the bag.

James first sprang to attention in Sky1’s talent show Got To Dance, where his startling flexibility and curiously intense presence turned him into a contender. The worry was how an autistic child would cope with the intense pressure of a TV talent show but, as Autism, Disco And Me (BBC3) revealed, James is pretty hard core when it comes to strutting his stuff in front of judges. You have to be if you want to win the bizarre riot of sequins and hip dislocations that is Disco Kid.

via Autism, Disco And Me: TV review | Metro.co.uk.

‘Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon’ – Autism – Something That Families Share

Normally, when you reach the end of a documentary and say to yourself, “I’m not sure which character that film was about,” it’s a bad thing, a sign of unclear writing and poor execution. But in the case of “Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon,” Tuesday night on Showtime, it’s a testament to how rich this bittersweet tale is.

via Television Review – ‘Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon’ – On Showtime, Autism – Something That Families Share – NYTimes.com.

Book Review | Lost: Trio linked in search for Alzheimer’s wanderer

We haven’t seen many — or any — suspense novels where the plot revolves around the search for a person with Alzheimer’s disease who has wandered. But The Columbus Dispatch says author Alice Lichtenstein has done her research and that makes “Lost” worth reading.

Condensed to a sentence, Lost sounds like a suspense novel: Christopher, a 72-year-old former architect afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, wanders off into the snowy woods somewhere in the Northeast, and his wife and a team of rescuers try to find him.

via Book Review | Lost: Trio linked in redemptive search | The Columbus Dispatch.

Tying Your Own Shoes: A film featuring artists with Down syndrome

The film “Tying Your Own Shoes” features artists with Down syndrome who were given a chance to create animated self portraits. Here, a trailer for the film and a review from the Toronto Star, which calls the short film “nothing short of wonderful.”

`I’m a little bit unusual but I’m fine.”

As apt a description of Down syndrome – or any diversity, for that matter – as you are likely to hear.

It comes from a sweet and insightful short film Tying Your Own Shoes, 16 minutes of wisdom and whimsy from four artists with Down syndrome. They were part of a summer animation workshop offered by filmmaker Shira Avni, who challenged them to create self-portraits on celluloid. The results are nothing short of wonderful.

via Short film offers wisdom from artists with Down syndrome – Healthzone.ca.


Book Review – Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism by Dan E. Burns | The Cuckleburr Times

savingbenDan Burns’ memoir- “Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism” has struck a chord in the autism community. It is no surprise that the book has reached Amazon Sales Rank as #1 Special Needs category in September 2009-the story touches readers on many levels. Obviously it is sad that Ben was diagnosed at three years of age with a profound developmental disability, so profound that doctors recommended institutionalization. However, it is uplifting to read of the monumental parental intervention dubbed- “The Ben Project” that transformed Ben from a nonverbal child who put all objects into his mouth and ears, smeared feces, screamed from sensory overload and fled at every opportunity into a young man who could crack a joke, knew his left shoe from right, brushed his teeth and held down a job at Walmart as his aide supervised. Proud papa Burns has even posted a YouTube video showing Ben bowl a strike.

via Book Review – Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism by Dan E. Burns | The Cuckleburr Times.

Book review: ‘Cowboy and Wills’ by Monica Holloway

“Cowboy and Wills” is a charming memoir about a couple who come to their wits’ end when they learn that their 3-year-old son, Wills, has “autistic spectrum disorder.” Wills is extremely high-functioning; he not only talks a blue streak but picks up on jokes and uses family slang. His main symptoms seem to be an aversion to certain textures he hates bubble bath, a fear of other kids and crowds, a hatred of loud sounds and a tendency to break down in sobbing fits when any of these things occur.

via Book review: Carolyn See on ‘Cowboy and Wills’ by Monica Holloway – washingtonpost.com.

Fine Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents And Professionals

The popular book, Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome is now available in an expanded new edition. Written by an occupational therapist who has worked extensively with children with Down syndrome, and is also the mother a teenager with Down syndrome, this book explains the best practices and procedures for helping children master daily living skills for home, school, and an independent future.

via Fine Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents And Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) | Enlightened Care Giving – Life as a Caregiver.

Family Meals: Coming Together to Care for an Aging Parent

Michael Tucker and his wife, Jill Eikenberry, are enjoying the early years of retirement in their dream house, a beautiful 350-year-old stone farmhouse in the central Italian province of Umbria, when life rears its ugly head on their summer plans. Jill’s mother’s second husband, Ralph, has passed away, and Michael and Jill must leave the respite of the Italian countryside and travel westward to console Lora, Jill’s mother, and help her plan her future. Thus begins Family Meals, a beautifully told memoir that explores the meaning of family and examines the sacrifices we make for those we love.

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Know someone with Alzheimer’s? Read this book. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova

This book completely altered my view of the Alzheimer’s patient. It was heartbreaking, depressing at times, and ultimately frustrating to experience this process with “Alice.” But it was also fascinating, inspiring and amazing.

If you know anyone with Alzheimer’s, particularly a family member, I strongly, strongly encourage you to read this book. If you do, please tell me what you think — I’m very curious to hear others’ thoughts.

via Written Permission: Know someone with Alzheimer’s? Read this book..