Atlantic Cape Presents ‘Autistic Like Me’ Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion April 7

Atlantic Cape Community College will host a free screening of the documentary “Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective,” at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 7. A panel discussion with autism specialists will immediately follow in the Walter Edge Theater, C Building, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

This emotionally gripping feature examines the lives of fathers and male caregivers raising and caring for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronicling the emotional struggle of a group of fathers as they open up to one another about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a very different parenting experience than they had envisioned. The documentary runs 84 minutes.

The panel members include Charles Jones, director of the documentary; Jeff Cohen, father of an autistic son and featured in the movie; Chris Yoder, father of an autistic son; and Patrick Connelly, a licensed social worker. Dr. Nina Stolzenberg, Atlantic Cape’s Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor, organized the event and will moderate the discussion.

Stolzenberg is teaching two classes at the college this semester, Child Psychology and Psychology of Exceptionality. She is a licensed psychologist and director of children’s services at the Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003. Other visiting scholars have included a poet, a judge and a veteran broadcaster.

For more information on the “Autistic Like Me” presentation, contact Denise Coulter at dcoulter@atlantic.edu.

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