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Storyrocket Number

768-618080117

Intended Medium

Movie, Television

Language

English

Registering Entity

None

Material Type

Book

Funding Platform

None

Location

Hazlet, New Jersey, United States

Quiet, middle class suburbia of central New Jersey
Era

Distant Past

This story is initially set against the backdrop of the early 70's and 80's and progresses steadily through present day.
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Submited by: Jim Gaffney (Writer)
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Few people understand what it means to live with autism or to raise a child that is on the spectrum. Even fewer know what it’s like to experience both. You are invited on a journey of discovery through the darkest and more enlightened corners of autism as my family battles autism at every turn.

Synopsis

"Truth and I have brokered what I would describe as a fragile and uneasy truce over the years." Jim Gaffney, author and voice of Hello, I am Jim, recounts years of hard truths, painful memories, and fond nostalgia as he chronicles his lifelong journey with Asperger Syndrome. Born in 1970 among the quiet suburbs of Youngstown, Ohio, Jim always knew the truth - that he was different, but he didn't know why. From the frustrated vigilance of his parents at home, the hostile classrooms where his peers bullied him, to the unforgiving walls of his own self-esteem, he could not escape a constant sense of isolation during his childhood and adolescent years. Now, he shares his thoughts as a 48 year-old man looking back on his younger self with a totally new perspective. With stunning clarity of his inner world as a child, teenager, and young adult, Jim reflects on everything that shaped him: the tough love of his father, his struggle with obesity, his perseverance as a distance runner, and eventually the gentle, guiding current of fatherhood. With an introduction by his best friend and running companion, Greg Realmuto, this autobiographical memoir widens conventional understanding of autism, explains the value of "fire in the blood" and ultimately explores what it means to live a "neurotistic" life.

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    TBD as Jim Gaffney
    Male 48 Years old
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    TBD as Shane Gaffney
    Male 17 Years old
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