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MEDIA CONTACT: Toni Wolf
561-297-3029,
twolf4@fau.edu

FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to Host Film Screening

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 9, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will host a film screening of “Wretches and Jabberers: 100 Cities, One Night for Autism” on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Muvico Parisian 20 at City Place in West Palm Beach.  The staff of FAU’s CARD will introduce the film and hold a question and answer session after the film.  Regular ticket prices will apply.
            The film, directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, will be shown in limited release to 100 cities worldwide.  “Wretches and Jabberers” features Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, two men with autism who embark on a global journey to change attitudes about disability and intelligence.  Both men had difficulty expressing themselves verbally until they discovered they could communicate through typing.  As they travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, they advocate for inclusion and acceptance of “another kind of intelligence.”  They meet a Finnish man with autism who tells them that people with limited speech are wretches, and those who can speak freely are jabberers.
            FAU CARD is headquartered in Boca Raton and, along with its satellite office in Port St. Lucie, serves more than 2,000 families in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.  CARD provides a wide variety of free services to children, parents, families, professionals, schools and agencies that deal with autism that includes group and personal consultations, training for children and adults with autism and their families, referrals to community resources and support groups for children, teens, parents and caregivers.  The Center also has a mobile screening unit, but does not provide direct therapy nor advocacy services.
            For more information, contact Jack Scott at 561-251-4104 or jscott@fau.edu, or visit
www.coe.fau.edu/card .    For more information on the film, visit www.wretchesandjabberers.org .


-FAU-

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Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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