Spectrum of Opportunity Spring 2016

Autism, Inclusion, and Communication Conference

Photo of Tracy Thresher and Larry BissonnetteA community event to support people who type and use letter boards to communicate

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
9:00am to 3:00pm

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
California Lutheran University
130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Keynote by the stars of "Wretches & Jabberers," Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, with Academy Award Winning Director and Producer, Gerardine Wurzburg

Other featured speakers who type:
Ido Kedar, author of Ido in Autismland
Samuel Capozzi, college student
Dillan Barmache, high school student 

Film Screening: "Wretches & Jabberers"

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Movie Poster - Wretches & JabberersIn Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. With limited speech, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.  Along the way, they reunite with old friends from the USA, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause.

Watch the trailer:

Spectrum of Opportunity is made possible by generous support from:

California Lutheran University - Graduate School of Education - Center for Innovative Learning - Logo

Autism Society Ventura County Logo

California Lutheran University - Community Leaders Association - Logo

Cal Lutheran Artists and Speakers Committee
Autism Society of Ventura County
Cal Lutheran Center for Equality and Justice
Montecito Bank & Trust

Cal Lutheran Center for Innovative Learning
Cal Lutheran Community Leaders Association
Cal Lutheran Athletics Department