Up until the age of about three or so, Owen Suskind was developing like a typical child when suddenly he regressed, losing his ability to speak and connect with other people.
That was when he was diagnosed with autism.
Twenty years later, Owen moved away from his parents and into an assisted-living apartment. He had a girlfriend, a job at a movie theater, and yes, the ability to speak. Owen is now twenty-five and he’s still thriving.
What happened? Believe it or not, the magic of Disney movies.
His incredible life and story has been captured in the documentary, Life, Animated, based on the bestselling memoir by his father, Ron Suskind. Though the documentary was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2016, it finally came out in July of the same year.
Check out the incredible trailer. It gave me some major chills!
Want to learn more about Owen’s life and the upcoming documentary? Check out this article here!
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.