Life Animated

Life Animated (89 min, 2016)

Life Animated, is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him. Now in his early 20s, Owen's become an internationally recognized spokesperson for the concept of "affinity therapy," which uses the hobbies and interests of kids on the spectrum as a way of teaching them life skills, rather than treating their single-minded obsessions as a crippling disability. From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams. Pg more

With Joseph Sheppard, Co-Director of Center for Autism Research Technology and Education. (75 min, 2015)

CBC interview of Joseph Sheppard (10 min) on 17 Oct 2016