This blog post is by Leslie Long, Director of Housing and Adults Services. She reviewed the award winning The Story of Luke, a comedy starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer about a young man with autism who is on a quest for a job and a girlfriend, is now available in iTunes and major Cable On-Demand platforms.
iTunes Page: http://bit.ly/17acl8m
Cable On Demand Providers:http://www.thestoryofluke.com/on-demand/
Organize a screening at your local movie theater:http://www.thestoryofluke.com/request-a-screening/
The Story of Luke helps to explain a phenomenon that the autism community has been wrestling with for years, the complete misperception of people with autism, especially adults. As Luke’s story unfolds, the audience goes from cringe inducing interactions with his Aunt and supervisor, to celebrating the person that Luke is with his honesty and humanity intact and portrayed perfectly. Luke transforms the people around him that were under the assumption they would be caring for him. This is not unique but not often discussed either. Most people have not had the pleasure of really knowing someone with autism in all facets of their lives so they miss the nuances of their humor or the effortless ways they tell the whole truth. The movie presents a view of Luke that does not often make it to the mainstream media (although we are seeing these stories more often), an adult with autism that wants and is capable of working, wants to live independently, wants a girlfriend and wants to live the life that their peers are living. So, The Story of Luke continues a discussion that ebbs and flows throughout the community that begs the question “are we doing enough to engage adults with autism to live their adult lives in the manner to which they want?” The Story of Luke offers the audience insight into one man with autism and in his journey moves us closer to empathizing with people impacted by autism. For those of us already impacted by autism, we know watching Luke’s story brings up some hope coupled with trepidation. Fortunately, Luke’s journey on a public bus was successful, the police officer that approached him understood autism and the female receptionist was kind. No matter what your specific choices are, it can be a daunting task to understand the funding and support systems that the majority of adults with autism will need. Therefore, Autism Speaks has developed tools to assist you in navigating adult services that includes residential services and supports and employment because we know that adults with autism have so much to offer, so much to say and to teach us as a community. As opportunities present themselves, such as the case with The Story of Luke hitting the media, let’s make sure that we capture the moment by inspiring people to recognize the talents of people with autism that live next door, go to school with their children, work at the local grocer, develop the next software program, paint the artwork in the local museum, and gently guide our neuro-typical community to better understand the world that currently exists around them and embrace it.