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Film Screening & Discussion: Wretchers and Jabberers

In Wretches and Jabberers, a film by Gerardine Wurzburg, two men with autism travel to Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland with a mission to change attitudes, perceptions, and opinions. Labeled "retarded" and having faced mental institutions, isolation, and other difficult conditions, Tracy Thresher, 42 years old, and Larry Bissonnette, 52 years old, travel the globe to tell their inspiring stories. They educate others to better understand the complex nature of autism --showing promise and possibility in life with intelligence, humor, and love.

Alicia Broderick, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A following the screening. Professor Broderick holds a Ph'D from Syracuse University and has been teaching in Curriculum and Teaching since 2004, having collaboratively developed the dual-certification Elementary Inclusive Education Program. In addition to being an inclusive teacher educator, Alicia Broderick is a disability studies scholar whose scholarship focuses on critical discourse analysis of cultural representations of autism.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons wishing to attend may rsvp by Monday, October 31st.

Where: 306 Russell 
Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY,



  • Jennifer Govan
  • 212-678-3022
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