Sunday, March 27, 2011

Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic - DVD Review

DVD Synopsis:

Today autism affects approximately one out of every one hundred children. In recent years, as autism as exploded into the public's consciousness, two camps have formed: those who believe it is a devastating disease to be cured and those who feel that autism is just a variation of the human brain. First-time director, Todd Drezner, the father of an autistic son, Sam, has shared his personal journey of coming to terms with autism by taking a wide-angle view on the issue and presenting a heartfelt case that acceptance is the better way. Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic will be available on DVD and VOD platforms in the US and Canada on March 29, 2011 from Cinema Libre Studio.

Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic takes a look at two movements: the "recovery movement," which views autism as a tragic epidemic brought on by environmental toxins, and the "neurodiversity movement", which argues that autism should be accepted and that autistic people should be supported. After his son's diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner visits the front lines of the autism wars to learn more about the debate and provide information about a condition that is still difficult to comprehend.

My Review:

When my son, Logan, was younger I was convinced he had autism. He displayed many of the symptoms. I took him to doctors and specialists all over the state of Illinois. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with other disorders but I felt firsthand some of what parents must go through with children who have autism.

After watching Loving Lampposts: Living Austic I became educated on the two major debates of what causes autism. I still don't have a firm opinion one way or another, but hearing the two sides presented educated me on the views and reasons behind them. It's interesting, regardless of which side you're on, to learn that the number of of people diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed throughout the years. Austic children and adults tell their stories and feelings, as do the people who care for them. This film is informative and, at times, heartwarming.

This DVD couldn't be coming out at a better time. April 2nd is UN World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month occurs during the month of April. Whether you know someone who has been diagnosed with autism or not, this film will open your eyes to debates between what causes autism, how people are trying to treat it, and to people with autism who will touch your heart. It also, ultimately, gives viewers an understanding of autism and the importance of accepting it within our culture.

I received DVD for review from Cinema Libre Studio. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.