Autism: The Musical
It's not a contrived, one-sided story. There were some things that made me cringe. Some things that made me nod my head. Things that made me cry. Things that made me smile and laugh, sometimes unexpectedly. I saw honesty. I saw opinions. I saw struggles, growth, denial, love. I didn't feel pity. I was left with emotions and thoughts swirling. And a few images of some amazingly beautiful, powerful smiles.
My favorite quote, told secondhand by one mother: "It's not up to us to judge the quality of her life."
My least favorite quote made by one mother: "This isn't a social change, it's a disease."
The quote that I struggle with every day: "I can't make them value her. I can't make them respect her, and think that she has the same rights that they do."
The movie is about 90 minutes long. It's worth it.