Now a major motion picture, "Life, Animated" is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This talk will touch on some key themes, including parents never giving up on helping their child, using an area of passion to build strengths and become a leader in the community, and why we should never underestimate our own abilities. Ron also founded a company, Sidekicks, that's building a new kind of communication platform to support individuals with autism and their families. More information can be found at sidekicks.com
is a Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist and best-selling author. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000. He has published the books "A Hope in the Unseen", "The Price of Loyalty, The One Percent Doctrine", "The Way of the World, Confidence Men", and his memoir "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism".
Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters. This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love, loss, kinship, & brotherhood.Find out more