Transcending Autism with Disney

Ron Suskind is the author of “A Hope in the Unseen,” which follows a talented and ambitious student from the inner-city on his path from high school to college.

Suskind’s most recent article, published last week in the New York Times, is even more personal. It tells the story of his son, Owen, who (just before his third birthday) began showing signs of regressive autism. Suskind and his family were at a loss when attempting to communicate with each other—that is, until they discovered Owen’s ability to express his thoughts and feelings through Disney movies.

From Zazu to Iago, Suskind’s article tells the story of how a child with autism used Disney characters to communicate complex thoughts and heartfelt experiences.

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