Film explores autism, romance

A new season of the free Indie Lens Pop-Up series (formerly known as the Community Cinema series) at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center begins, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 9, with Autism in Love.

As Shakespeare states, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Autism in Love is a feature length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue romantic relationships. Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by impaired social interactions and communication. According to the Autism Society, about 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder, and prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births.

The film makes clear that there is hope for people with autism to build steady, loving relationships. As Dr. Paul Wang, head of medical research at Autism Speaks, says, “the most important message is that people with autism both love, and want to be loved.”

There will be a facilitated discussion led by Laura Griffin, Art Therapist on Tuesday evening and Ruth Weigel, Day Service Coordinator on Wednesday. Both are from RCS Empowers, Inc. in Sheboygan.

The film can be seen at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, and again at 10 a.m., Dec. 9, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan. Screenings are free and open to the public.


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