Dillan: Finding a Voice

"Hello, my name is Dillan Barmache." These were the opening lines of 14-year-old Dillan Barmache's commencement message on graduation from middle school in 2014. Unremarkable at first glance, except that Dillan has been non-verbal for most of his childhood, and many assumed he had nothing to say. Not his mother, Tami. She knew her autistic son had … Continue reading Dillan: Finding a Voice

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Rick Guidotti: Positive Exposure

A few months ago, I blogged about a movie called On Beauty, which features the work of Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure. Last week, I visited the Museum of Tolerance in LA specifically to see an exhibition of his photographs. It wasn't large, and it wasn't drawing the crowds that the Holocaust exhibits were, but … Continue reading Rick Guidotti: Positive Exposure

Graham Moore: “Stay weird, stay different”

It's awards season in Hollywood, which is reminding me of a great speech at last year's Oscars. Graham Moore, screenwriter for The Imitation Game, accepted his award with an admission that he had once tried to kill himself for feeling "weird". It was a confusing speech. Given the plot of the movie, most assumed Moore meant he had … Continue reading Graham Moore: “Stay weird, stay different”

Justin Timberlake

Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different, they called me weird... Your critics do not count. Their words will fade, you won’t." - Justin Timberlake, on receiving the Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Awards, 2015