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Why 'The Reason I Jump' Can Start New Conversations About Neurodiversity

“Can you imagine how your life would be if you couldn’t say what you wanted?”

This is one of the questions raised in the new film “The Reason I Jump,” based on the 2007 best-selling book written by a nonspeaking autistic 13-year-old boy, Naoki Higashida. The book was translated into English in 2013 by author David Mitchell.

While the majority of films on autism are dominated by non-disabled actors playing autistic characters, this 82-minute documentary looks at the lives of five autistic people’s families from four different continents. Through the film, you hear many passages from the book that are beautifully narrated with spectacular imagery.

Here are some of the highs and lows I got from the film. Spoilers ahead! It was reminiscent of

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