Life, Animated

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Special screening of the movie Life, Animated

Date:   Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Place:   Delbarton School-Fine Arts Center
             230 Mendham Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960
Time:   7:00 pm
Cost:   $20 Adults, $15 Students

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, 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.

Life, Animated was nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Documentary Feature” category!

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is a nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities. We serve many of the most vulnerable members of our society in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.  Those individuals – and their families – constantly face negative stigma related to their differences. 

This Life, Animated screening supports a key part of Devereux’s mission, which is to eradicate this stigma through education and advocacy – to support our ultimate goal of unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. 

We could not think of a better partner in this mission than the Suskind family, whose story – told through this Oscar-nominated documentary – is incredibly inspirational.  Their story has driven activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism – and others who are “differently-abled.”

Online tickets sales for our Life, Animated screening have ended, but we invite you to come and pay at the door this evening. The Delbarton School is located at 230 Mendham Road in Morristown, New Jersey. Please enter through the East Gate and proceed towards “Old Main.” You will see the location of both the East Gate and the Fine Arts Center on the map above. There will also be Devereux parking signage to help guide you to the Fine Arts Center and available parking. As you enter the Fine Arts Center, please approach the Devereux table to purchase your admission.

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Official trailer of the movie Life, Animated

About Ron Suskind

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer-winning journalist, bestselling author, and the founder of Sidekicks.  

Ron’s latest bestseller, Life, Animated (2014), chronicles his family’s twenty-year journey raising and connecting to their autistic son. The Suskinds are also the subject of an award-winning documentary feature of the same name (2016). Their story has driven activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are “differently-abled” due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds. Ron’s company, Sidekicks, is leading efforts to build a next generation of augmentative technologies to lift and support these communities. 

Ron’s other works include Confidence Men (2011), about the fall of the U.S. economy and the presidency of Barack Obama; The Way of the World (2008), about the forces fighting the global “hearts and minds” struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine (2006), about the U.S. government’s frantic improvisation to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty (2004), about the inner workings of the American government and Presidency of George W. Bush; and A Hope in the Unseen (1998), a nonfiction narrative that helped redefine national debates on race, class and achievement. 

Ron often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Ron was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and lectures about narrative and justice at Harvard Law School.  

Click here to learn more about Ron and his book Life, Animated.