THE REASON I JUMP – Review by Lois Alter Mark

This beautiful, sensitive documentary is based on the groundbreaking book of the same name, which was written by Naoki Higashida when he was 13 years old. It is astonishing for so many reasons, not the least of which is the unique, inside perspective it offers of what’s it like to live with autism. The fact that it was written at all proved that so much of what the public assumed about people with autism – that their issues are cognitive, that they can’t express themselves, that they don’t see beyond their own, internal world – was just plain wrong.

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