Autism Is a World

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Autism Is a World
Directed by Gerardine Wurzburg
Produced by Gerardine Wurzburg
Written by Sue Rubin
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Country United States
Language English

Autism Is a World is an American short subject documentary film written by Sue Rubin in 2004, an autistic woman with who learned to communicate via the controversial technique of facilitated communication, produced and directed by Gerardine Wurzburg and co-produced by the CNN cable network. It was nominated in the 77th annual Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short Subject.[1] Wurzburg previously won an Academy Award in 1992 for the film Educating Peter.

The subject of this film is Sue Rubin, an autistic woman who was considered to be intellectually disabled as a child. At the age of thirteen, she learned to express herself through a computer keyboard with the help of another person, otherwise known as facilitated communication, revealing that she was in fact highly intelligent. She went on to study history, specializing in Latin American History at Whittier College and to write speeches about her life as an autistic person. Director Wurzburg has called Rubin "the Helen Keller of her generation."[2] Rubin's dialogue is narrated by actress Julianna Margulies.[3]

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  1. ^ "NY Times: Autism Is a World". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ Horn, John (February 18, 2005). "True believers: Heartfelt stories abound in little-noticed Oscar-nominated shorts.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  3. ^ [1]

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