From the Producer:
After his son's diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner visits the front lines of the autism wars to learn more about the condition. He interviews parents and experts representing the “recovery movement,” which views autism as a tragic epidemic brought on by environmental toxins such as childhood vaccinations. Operating outside the boundaries of mainstream medicine, these parents, doctors and therapists search for unconventional treatments that can “reverse” autism and restore their children to normal lives. He attends the National Autism Association conference, where he speaks with purveyors of “alternative treatments” such as hyperbaric chambers and saunas, believed by many parents to aid in the removal of toxins from their children, and interviews actress Jenny McCarthy, the mother of an autistic child, who has been a spokesperson for Generation Rescue and TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), and other parents who believe they have “cured” their children with alternative treatments. Drezner visits with proponents of the “neurodiversity movement,” those who believe that autism is just another way of being. He interviews experts, parents and most significantly, adults living and functioning with autism. He interviews Simon Baron-Cohen, the Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University; parents Kristina Chew and Jim Fisher, both professors at the university level; high-functioning adults living with autism, including Sharisa Kochmeister who does not speak but has the IQ of a genius, and Dora Raymaker, an autistic adult who speaks via a computer and is the co-director of the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education. He also turns the camera on his own family, including his wife, Erika Drezner, and Sam, sharing their private struggle with the world. Says Drezner, “In more than three years, since I've immersed myself in the world of autism, the world at large has paid more attention to autism than ever before. Never has a community been less ready for its cultural moment than the autism community. Indeed, there is disagreement about whether autism is a disease, about how to treat it, about whether it is an epidemic, about whether it can be cured, and even about what it is. Although we can’t claim to have resolved these debates conclusively, we hope that this film will at least help parents and the broader public see the consequences of the relentlessly negative mainstream view of autism and help them understand that acceptance offers a better path.” The title of the film refers to the circuit of lampposts that Drezner’s son likes to visit in Brooklyn, NY’s Prospect Park.