VisArts to Screen “Autistic Like Me” as Part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival

March 02, 2016 News

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will be a host of the Richmond ReelAbilities Film Festival, a four-day film festival focused on sharing the stories of individuals with special needs and their families. “Autistic Like Me,” a documentary by Charles Jones, will screen at VisArts on Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m.

“Autistic Like Me” is the candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism. Dispelling the archaic idea that “big boys don’t cry,” a group of fathers open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than the ones they had envisioned.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting appreciation and awareness of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs, which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities films are captioned and subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible. For a complete schedule of films on view during the festival, visit