Wretches & Jabberers Producer Discusses Film’s National Debut

If you missed seeing our new documentary film, Wretches and Jabberers, at the 2010 TASH Conference, thanks to the Hussman Foundation and the Autism Society, it is going to be in AMC theaters in at least 40 cities in April. Go to the Wretches and Jabberers website to get dates and times in your community: http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/tour.php

This is road trip film in which two veteran TASH presenters and self advocates, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, travel around the world, touching down in Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland, to put a new face on autism. Tracy is the consummate political organizer and Larry the artist and wordsmith of visual images and 7-10 word adjectival phrases. Larry and Tracy type to communicate, although they also speak aloud their words as they meet up with journalists, university professors and students, families and other people who like themselves have been classified as autistic. The film is both an adventure and vision of what inclusion can look like when the included set the pace and tone. Do whatever you can to make sure you see Wretches and Jabberers when it goes nationwide in April!

Doug Biklen, Lifetime TASH member
Producer, Wretches and Jabberers

Read more about the national debut of Wretches & Jabberers right here on the TASH blog,  or check out the two-part blog series from W&J co-stars Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette


  1. Jason Travers says

    Facilitated Communication is a farce. I’m confused why a reputable organization like TASH supports this financially motivated propaganda. FC has never been scientifically validated as an effective means of teaching communication skills to persons with severe disabilities like autism. Why does TASH support this film?

  2. Profile photo of Bethany says

    Hey Jason – I think we addressed this already on the Facebook page, but here is the link to TASH’s resolution on the right to communicate, which covers FC.

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