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As autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years, two opposing questions have been asked about the condition fueling the debate: is it a devastating sickness to be cured or is it a variation of the human brain just a different way to be human? LOVING LAMPPOSTS: LIVING AUTISTIC takes a look at two movements: the recovery movement, which views autism as a tragic epidemic brought on by environmental toxins and the neurodiversity movement, which argues that autism should be accepted and that autistic people should be supported. After his son s diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner, visits the front lines of the autism wars to learn more about the debate and provide information about a condition that is still difficult to comprehend. This film is a great learning tool.

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  • Actors: Nadine Antonelli, Noah Antonelli, Simon Baron-Cohen, Kristina Chew, Jim Fisher
  • Directors: Todd Drezner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H4XDI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Perry on January 19, 2011
I saw this film at a screening and was deeply moved by it. The filmmaker sensitively portrays the process of parents coming to terms with their childrens' diagnoses, beginning with his own experience as the parent of an autistic boy. He shies away from easy answers or simple solutions, instead telling the stories of autistic children and adults--and the people who love and care for them--with tenderness and dignity. I recommend it especially to parents of children who have been recently diagnosed, as well as to anybody who works with people with disabilities.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Ditz on March 29, 2011
I just finished watching the DVD given to me by a friend who had a review copy.

This film explores the complexity and diversity of autism experiences by interviewing many adults with autism, as well as parents of children with autism and autism experts. It is a wonderful, reassuring view of autism, especially useful for parents whose children may be newly diagnosed with autism.

Drezner also interviews advocates for biomedical treatment or "curing autism" in a fair and balanced manner.

Loving Lampposts has the tagline "if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person" and and brings it to life by interviewing many people with autism--in particular, tackling the issue of "high functioning vs. low functioning" in a sensitive and nuanced manner.

If you want to help yourself and others better understand autism, watch this film. I think you'll join me in recommending Loving Lampposts to others.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By krestb on March 31, 2011
My son has autism, and it has been almost 4 years since we first realized there was something "wrong". I wish I had seen this movie then. It would have helped me immensely- not because it offers some kind of "answer" or guidelines, but because it shows many many aspects of living with autism, and how people respond to the situation. You will see several adults on the Autism Spectrum, with varying degrees of deficits. You will see how different parents chose to deal with their child's diagnosis, and you will see different views held by the the medical and academic community.
The central issue is to highlight the two main schools of thought on the topic of Autism: on the one end of the spectrum is "Defeat Autism Now", on the other is the "Neuro-Diversity" movement.
The film is informative, personal (the director's son has Autism), compassionate, and deeply moving.
Personally, I found it very very helpful to hear the stories and to hear others echo the very struggles that I went through, and continue to deal with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Talbert on December 14, 2011
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As someone who works closely with individuals with Autism, I am always skeptical of movies/documentries that arrive on the scene that have that word in the title. This one was different, though. I found myself agreeing with and relating to everyone in the movie and the real life struggles these individuals and their families live through every day. I have recommended it to several newly diagnosed families I have met.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SLPCA on November 22, 2011
Can't recommend enough. This is an important and amazing teaching tool. It is so vital that we progress and understand 'differences' vs. 'disorders' . Thank you for this wonderful documentary - one of the best I have seen!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mwalimu on September 18, 2011
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in my 14 plus years journey alongside two precious sons on the spectrum, i found Lampposts affirming my belief that autism is less of a demon we must "cast out", but truly a blessing we all should embrace, seek ways to calm ourselves (yes) down, and only then will we hilariously celebrate this predictably unpredictable, yet amazingly teachable world of autism
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don R. Holloway on October 2, 2011
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I really loved this documentary and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in autism. I found the film enlightening because it tried to present a balanced view of autism and the different strategies that are being offered or employed to deal with this condition. The difficulty in presenting a documentary of this type is having to face the fact that we still don't know what causes autism. There is an abundance of theories, but no conclusive answers. An approach that works for one child might not work for another. And this is pointed out in the film where the director talks about the whole spectrum of autistic disorders, from high functioning autism (Asperger's syndrome) to the most profound cases. Each individual case has to be treated very differently. The debate about the medical approach (to cure autism) and the neurodiversity approach (the acceptance approach) was interesting, but I feel the need to point out that whichever approach a person is inclined to adhere to, I think all parents of autistic children should strive to help their child acquire the highest level of functioning they are capable of. I think they owe their child that much. And on a personal note, I do not--and never have--thought of autism as a disease. I felt somewhat troubled that this was even mentioned in the film. But I guess they were just trying to present a balanced view.

Overall, I thought this was a beautifully written and well-filmed documentary. The adult autistics who were interviewed were treated with respect and dignity. And I personally loved the director's little boy, Sam. He was so adorable in his little hat. And I think it was great that they were so supportive of the boy in his desire to visit the lampposts.
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