Check out Episode 5 of the Rooted in Rights Podcast: Autism and coming of age with documentary director Alexandra Shiva

Director Alexandra Shiva, with podcast play buttonOur guest this month is Alexandra Shiva, whose work in the film industry is spreading understanding of what it means to be a young adult with autism.

Shiva speaks with us about her recent film How to Dance in Ohio, which focuses on a three young women with autism as they attend group therapy sessions and prepare for the upcoming spring formal.

The women are all approaching different milestones in their personal lives – interacting with others at home and at school, preparing for college, and getting jobs and preparing to live on their own. Through the film, Shiva works with the young women to express their life experiences.

If you would like to see the film, it is available on HBO GO and HBO NOW, and will be available on HBO On Demand again in April. In addition, How to Dance in Ohio is available for schools who would like to host a viewing, and for non-profits who would like to arrange community screenings.

Listen to the podcast now, and be sure to let us know what you think of this episode in the comments section.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.