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Documentary about Autism, " How I Am," followed by discussion with experts & community leaders
Cavello Point at Fort Baker
Sausalito, CA
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We hope you found Patrick and his family as moving as we did! Please let us know what you thought of the film, and the panel, at In the meantime, thanks again for your support of Matrix and the many families of children with special needs that we serve. Your contribution to Maktrix makes a difference!


Documentary about Autism, " How I Am," followed by discussion with experts & community leaders
Join the Matrix Parent Network family (staff, clients, & supporters) to see the Bay Area premier of the award-winning film "How I Am" at the 2nd annual Sausalito Film Festival. says of the film:

I'm like a hermit on an island," is the way Patrick Wanker describes his life with autism. With the dreams and fears of a teenager, but with wisdom and pain beyond his years, Patrick invites us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer. Set in a small German mountain town, and using Patrick's words, this beautifully filmed documentary reveals how painfully lonely life can be for a teen with severe disabilities. The people he encounters each day are clumsy and uncertain about how to interact with him. At school and at home, his inability to communicate and lack of social skills make it nearly impossible for Patrick to build relationships, yet he remains optimistic for the future of his family, including his younger brother, who also has autism.

The filmmakers do not attempt to offer a scientific explanation for autism, nor a catalog of its symptoms. Instead, they have given Patrick the opportunity to reach us through his own words, presenting his subjective description of what it means for a young person to live with autism.

Program continues with a panel discussion as soon as the film ends to give viewers further opportunity to absorb, reflect,and consider what the film means to them, and to all of us. Panel speakers: Dr. Bryna Siegel,UCSF Autism Clinic Director & Director of Jumpstart Learning to Learn; Consultant Karen Kaplan, Author Laura Shumaker, and Lynne Wasley,Sr.Parent Advisor at Matrix Parent Network.

[Patrick's words on the computer are in English and the rest of the film is in German with English subtitles.]



Cavello Point at Fort Baker
601 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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