Join Autism Alliance of Michigan for a free networking event the night before the 2019 Navigating Autism Today Conference. We invite you to take a night to relax over hors d’oeuvres with other parents/caregivers and talk with the autism experts who will be presenting at the conference and Autism Alliance of Michigan employees. The event will take place at Wayne County Community College- Ted Scott Campus on March 7th, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM.
During the networking night we will also be showing the award -winning film, Intelligent Lives. This 70 minute movie follows the lives of three adults living with intellectual disabilities. The purpose of the film is to transform the label of individuals with disabilities from a life of isolation into one with opportunities. Intelligent Lives will challenge the idea that people with disabilities can fully participate in higher education, employment, and intimate relationships. For more information about the film, you can visit their website at
After the showing we will open a discussion for questions. The panel will consist of Janice Fialka and Rich Feldman, father and mother to Micah Fialka-Feldman from the film, along with Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Navigator Program Education Specialist, Barbara Brish.
Below are questions to consider before watching the film Intelligent Lives:
  • How do you define intelligence?
  • Do you think intelligence quotients (IQ) tests or any standardized test can predict a person’s ability to learn, or their future?
  • What do you consider positive life outcomes for yourself?
  • Do you think people with a label of intellectual disability have the same or different dreams for themselves as people without that label?
  • What do you consider positive life outcomes for individuals with a label of intellectual disability? Does your response to positive life outcomes includes college, a career, owning a home, marriage, children?
  • Imagine you are planning for three individuals and you have been told that they have IQs of 160, 100 and 40 – how do these scores impact your perception?
  • How do you think individuals who have communication challenges are perceived by society?
  • What happens where there are other factors involved such as race, socio-economic status, gender?
  • In the past 50 years do you think society has changed its understanding of what makes someone intelligent?
  • How can families, schools, adult service systems and communities support individuals with the label of intellectual disability to achieve their dreams?
If you have any questions about the event, please contact