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Local film focuses on life with autism

Breaking down barriers and encouraging acceptance is the focus of a short film to be launched at the University of Guelph’s Arboretum to mark World Autism Awareness Day.
Holding in the Storm – My Life with Autism, created by Christine Zorn and Deirdre Lindsay, features a main character who has severe autism and can’t speak. But unlike in real life, viewers of the film get to hear the character’s thoughts.
“In the film, he reveals many layers of his complex life,” said Zorn in a YouTube video to promote the project.
The story is focused on social isolation, but it aims to encourage people to be more accepting and to understand that just because a person can’t speak doesn’t mean he or she can’t communicate, Zorn said. The film will be launched with two free screenings on March 29 – at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – at the Arboretum Centre. People can pre-register by emailing Andrew at

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