Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Autism Is A Family Affair

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Dealing with a disability is a family affair.

Keri Bowers is the filmmaker behind The Sandwich Kid, which explores the struggle of being a sibling of someone with a disability like autism.

Bowers’ 13-year-old son Jace helped create The Sandwich Kid from his experiences growing up with his 19- year-old autistic brother Taylor.

Bowers says, “Jace has the philosophical state of mind of someone in their 60s. For nine years he and Taylor couldn’t be in the same room, but now they’re best friends.”

While she’s been an autism activist for more than 10 years, it took a rowdy rocker to fuel her fire.

She worked for a law firm that represented Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who once demanded she get him out of a speeding ticket.

She says, “I went home that night to a child who couldn’t talk, and realized there are more important things than spoiled rock stars.”

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