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Friday, November 18, 2022

The Best Gift

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the day-to-day challenges facing autistic people and their families.

Joshua Pitney (aka "JP"), a sophomore at Pepperdine University, made this 11-minute narrative film as part of an internship with Positive Identity.  In the film, a young autistic actor struggles to find his self-confidence.  

JP writes:
I wanted to tell this story because I, too, have had moments where I have struggled with my identity being on the autism spectrum. I have learned to accept myself for who I am and not be ashamed of my autistic traits, like stimming.

My hope is that this story will inspire others on the spectrum, or anyone else who feels different, to love themselves for who they are and embrace their identity.