Autism and Communication: A Non-Verbal Autistic Individual Finds his Voice Through Poetry

DEEJ, is a documentary which tells a story of hope, determination and resilience in the fight for respect and inclusion. Watch the film, DEEJ, a documentary written and produced by its subject, DJ Savarese, at your convenience (prior to April 14, 5pm), and then join us for a discussion and debrief, moderated by Joseph Weiner, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.



Discussion and Debrief

TUESDAY, April 14, 2020

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

via ZOOM

Register for the discussion.
You will then receive a ZOOM Invite Link and information about joining the discussion.


Watch at your leisure, and join us, if you are able,

for an online discussion and debrief:

To access the film, "Watch the Film" and use the password: Being_Included

(Password is case sensitive)





Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, society's obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistic individuals, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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