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Autism in the Arts - "Max Understood" [videorecording]

[presented by] the University of Virginia School of Medicine
Format
Video; DVD; Online
Summary
Michael Rasbury, M.A. (Assistant Professor of Sound Design, Department of Drama, University of Virginia) described the development of his play "Max Understood," written by him and Nancy Carlin, which is based on his and his wife's experiences of parenting a child with autism. Six different segments of the play are shown illustrating artistic aspects of the story which are based on themes from the Wizard of Oz and various external autistic behaviors and thought patterns. The segments were named: "Noise symphony," "Meet Max and Machine," "Negativity," "Ribbon (Mom and Machine)," "Kids and cars," and "Get clear [a song used in the last scene of the play]." Robert Rust, M.D. (Thomas E. Worrell Professor of Epileptology and Neurology and Director of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Virginia) highlighted the challenges of understanding Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and the treatment, recent epidemiology, and education of persons with this disorder.
Performers
Panelists: Michael Rasbury, Robert Rust; Moderator, Marcia Day Childress.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
60 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Engage the first-hand experience of autism through artistic representation -- 2. Consider the social, cultural, medical, and political challenges that autism poses in our society, for individuals, families, and various social and service institutions.
  • The Medical Center Hour is produced by The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Medical Center Hour's website is:http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/community-service/centers/biomedical-ethics-and-humanities/medical-center-hour.
  • "Medicine & Society in Conversation."
Variant Title
Max understood.
Local Notes
HEALTH SCIENCES: Located in Ivy Box H33-18B.
Series
Medical Center Hour
Series Statement
Medical center hour ; 2/17/10
Published
Charlottesville, Va. : The University, [The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Historical Collections and Services], c2010.
Related Resources
Max Understood Website ACCESS TO GENERAL INFORMATION AND UPCOMING SCHEDULE ONLY
Description
1 videodisc (60 min.) sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + script.
DVD.
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