The Reason I Jump

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ADVOCACY & EDUCATION

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPMThe Self-Advocacy Workbook was created in partnership with the autistic community, featuring messages of empowerment from members of the community itself. It includes self-advocacy strategies, peer-to-peer advice, and resources, such as links to organizations, social networks and educational tools to equip individuals, particularly those who are non or minimally speaking, and their families and loved ones, with tools to help them advocate for themselves and their needs.

 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPMThe Presume Competence Community Handbook supports professionals working with autistic populations such as medical support staff, social-workers, and others, as well as interested community groups like schools or faith communities, to host a screening of the film. The guide includes tips and best practices for hosting inclusive screenings, background and context about the film and the people in it, discussion prompts, suggested engagement activities for the various audiences, and research and resources for further learning.

 

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“A work of cinematic alchemy” –The Hollywood Reporter
“An inventive, sensuous documentary” –Variety
“Will change the way you think” –Screen International

#TheReasonIJump premieres in the US Friday, January 8th

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

This film will be released on January 8 in virtual cinemas. Click here to find a Kino Marquee virtual cinema supporting a theater near you.

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This is a HUGE moment for NONSPEAKING PEOPLE everywhere! We particularly love film director’s, Jerry Rothwell, comment thanking the young people who are in the film for “reminding him of a different way of being human.” Benjamin McGann and Emma Budway are powerful representatives in this film for ALL nonspeaking, minimally and unreliably speaking people who spell or type to communicate!

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, The Reason I Jump,Friends since preschool, I-ASC nonspeaking leaders, Ben and Emma communicate with their loved ones via letterboard and type. The community they’ve fostered with one another is a force that sustains them and their families. Not speaking doesn’t mean they have nothing to say.S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, The Reason I Jump,

We were thrilled that Emma Budway, Benjamin McGann and Elizabeth Vosseller attended the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of The Reason I Jump. The response has been overwhelming and we are so proud to be a part of it. Follow their story here and on Facebook.

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Credits
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
Produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee
Produced by Al Morrow

For more information, please see our press release.