Deej: A #NoBodyIsDisposable Film Festival

Thursday, July 23rd
5:00 pm PT

The second part of our #NoBodyIsDisposable Film Series will take place onThursday, July 23rd from 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET and will feature a showing of Deej, followed by a panel discussion with organizers and advocates exploring themes in the film and connections to current organizing against care rationing, the #NoBodyIsDisposable campaign, and more.

About Deej: A non-speaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. After spending his early years in foster care, without access to language, DJ “Deej” Savarese found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer.

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a non-speaking autistic, Deej challenges misconceptions of what an alternatively communicating autistic can do. As one of only two non-speaking autistics included in regular education from kindergarten through college graduation, DJ expands our understanding of what full inclusion entails and the possibilities it offers to everyone.

Panelists include artful activist and Deej’s subject and co-producer David James Savarese; poet, blogger, and activist Lateef McLeod; and Assistant Professor of Disability Studies Sara Acevedo (moderator).

Register at or the link below. ASL/Captioning provided. The film will play with captioning and open audio description by default, as well as closed audio description by request.Deej