Mozart and the whale book
Mozart and the Whale
When Jerry and Mary Newport met, the connection was instant. A musical genius and a mathematical wonder, the two shared astronomic IQs, but they also shared something else—they both were diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that affects millions of Americans and makes social contact painfully unbearable. When Jerry and Mary married, they were catapulted into the limelight. They appeared on 60 Minutes and soon were known as "superstars in the world of autism," shining examples of two people who refused to give up in the face of their mutual challenge. But just when it appeared that their lives would enjoy a fairy-tale ending, their marriage fell apart.
Donald Morton Josh Hartnett is a taxi driver and drives two Japanese passengers and his pet cockatiel around Spokane , Washington.
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I first watched the film Mozart and the Whale several years ago and have since viewed it numerous times. I just saw it again recently and felt moved to offer my perspective on the film drawing upon my experiences as an advocate in the autism community and as the president of Spectrum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro a campus organization I co-founded for students with autism. He leads a small support group comprised mostly of young adults with varying degrees of autism. Donald is a mathematical savant who can instantly come up with the correct answer for very difficult equations and who resorts to thinking in numbers in any given circumstance, whether during his cab route or in a casual conversation. Clearly, this functions as his particular way of not only determining how to approach a particular situation, but it also serves to calm him down in moments of extreme anxiety.