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JCPS Professional Development Program: Autism In Love

June 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Educators Invited to JCPS Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Professional Development Film and Discussion

In this two hour session, participants will learn to understand the communication and social interaction of those on the autism spectrum through film. Join us for the screening of Autism In Love.

Participants will learn about the background of autism, receive a discussion guide, and have the opportunity to ask questions of panel members. Joann Jolgren from Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT of Louisville) will be our guest speaker.


In recent years, the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis has increased at an alarming rate making some question whether an epidemic is imminent. Is autism an unfortunate bi-product of modern immunizations, dietary shifts or genetic mutations? Or, has increased awareness and knowledge caused this rapid increase in diagnosis?

Regardless of this disorder’s origin, what is seldom found are stories about what happens once children who have been diagnosed grow up; what happens after the sleepless nights, years of therapies, special schooling and exhaustive treatments? What happens when children with autism become adults with autism and want to have lives of their own?

Unfortunately, when it comes to romantic relationships, people with autism have a distinct disadvantage. Being plagued by this developmental disorder jeopardizes the core characteristics of a relationship—communication and social interaction. Ostensibly it seems that some may never truly experience romantic love, or at least love by a typical definition. However, we know this to be false. We have innumerable instances of people with autism falling in love and having meaningful romantic relationships.

Autism In Love has captured those yet unexplored experiences. We’ve harnessed the power of cinema to reveal the truths of this otherwise marginalized community, and we’re presenting a personal and critical perspective on the most important aspect of the human condition… love.

View the trailer for the film here!

For more information or to register, contact Catherine Collesano or Monica Lakhwani at (502) 485-7269.

Non-JCPS employees are welcome to register. Parking is $5.


June 16, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Charles Gwinn