The JCCNV’s Special Needs Committee has launched a book club focusing on books about special needs, non-fictional stories of inspiration, and books related to disabilities to broaden our knowledge. Book club meetings are held at the J every six weeks from 6:30pm–7:30pm prior to the special needs committee meetings.
Our next book club meeting will be Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the JCCNV.
The book is "Life, Animated: A story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism," by Ron Suskind.
5 star Amazon review: Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.
Now that the days are warmer and lighter longer in the evening, I hope more readers will be able to join us to share their professional and personal observations and experiences as we discuss these interesting books!
Questions or comments? Email Jean Gurman.