“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say” ~ Rosemary Crossley Wretches & Jabberers tracks two men with autism on their global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. Both men grew up unable to speak and were transformed when they learned, as adults, how to type to communicate. Imagine your voice being silenced until adulthood, then finally being able to communicate, demonstrating your intelligence, explaining how you experience the world, and enhancing your connection to those around you! The adventures of these men provide vast insight into autism and communication. This film unscrambles and redefines common perceptions associated with disability, promoting competence over labels and disability.
Presume Competence! The next time you see someone who appears to be different, question your stereotypes. How someone looks, walks, or talks does not tell you what they know, how they think and feel. Acknowledge the presence and competency of a person with a disability in the same way you would acknowledge anyone else. That is the least dangerous assumption!