Autism Advocate, Star of Life Animated
Walter Suskind is a star of the 2017 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Life, Animated, "a profound...investigation of what it means to be human" (Vanity Fair) — which follows the twenty-year journey of his family with autism. Read More >
In a multimedia show, drawing from the hit movie, Life, Animated, Walter Suskind tells a story of lessons learned as the sibling of a person with autism. He talks about how a brother like Owen has shaped him into the man he is, and provides stirring insights into what characterizes the life of a sibling of someone with autism. These siblings, with an estimated population of more than 10 million in the U.S., are central actors in a many decade life-drama: they both shape, and are shaped by, the affected individual, as the neurotypical who lives the most similar life, in the same cultural present-tense and within the same family. No one, including the parents, often knows the person on the spectrum with the intimacy and kinship to match the sibling. Research and activism, by, for and about siblings, is becoming a national focus -- a movement Walter is helping to lead. With a long way yet to go, walking by Owen's side on the path of life, he will speak about his work and plans to provide support for other siblings and the power and potential that bringing siblings together holds for the entire autism community.