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Autism and the portal of Disney

“Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” lands at the Spokane Arena on Sunday.
“Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” lands at the Spokane Arena on Sunday.

Pulitzer-prize winner Ron Suskind has two children and one of them, Owen, has autism. The writer tells the story of his family’s remarkable journey with Owen in his book “Life, Animated” to be released in a few weeks.

Autism offers complex challenges to families and those who love them as well as the communities who serve and support those families. The Suskind family found their way to Owen through Disney and its characters. Yes, really. Just ask Owen - president of the Disney Club where he and others with autism decipher myth and fable, learning lessons of friendship, heroism, sidekicks and, yes, love.

(S-R archive photo: Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival)




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