According to Autism Speaks, autism currently affects 1 in 88 children in the United States alone, with tens of millions of children affected worldwide. While there may be no recognized cure, there are forms of treatment which seem to offer signs of hope for those affected. One such treatment? Disney films.
In April, Disney Editions will release ‘Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism,’ a new book from Pultizer Prize winner Ron Suskind. In the memoir, whose original publisher description was billed as a ‘parallel story of the epidemic of autism in our country and of The Walt Disney Company, revealing how the signature malady of our era and the films of the country’s greatest story factory are surprisingly interlinked.’ An updated description that was recently released, however, paints a more direct picture of the book’s subject matter: