Events


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Vista Hill Council on Mental Health Presents:

Speaker: Walter Suskind

Topic: "Walking the Sibling Path: A Brother's Journey with Autism"

Hilton San Diego Resort (Mission Bay)

11:00 am - 2:00  pm

Co-Chairs: Julie Bronstein and Ann Mound

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Vista Hill Council on Mental Health Presents:

Life, Animated

Movie Screening (click here to view movie trailer)

Q&A with Walter Suskind

Stein Education Center - 6145 Decena Drive, San Diego, CA 92120

5:00 pm - 8:00  pm

Walter Suskind is a star of the 2017 Academy Award-nominated documentary,  Life, Animated which follows the twenty-year journey of his family with autism.  He is also the founder of SibStrong, a national organization that helps siblings join together to support their differently-abled brothers and sisters. The movie, based on the 2014 best-selling book by his father, Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind, details how Walter and his younger brother with autism, Owen, formed an extraordinary rapport and mutual support system across two decades.

Drawing from the hit movie, Life, Animated, Walter Suskind tells a story of lessons learned as the sibling of a person with autism. He talks about how a brother like Owen has shaped him into the man he is, and provides stirring insights into what characterizes the life of a sibling of someone with autism. These siblings, with an estimated population of more than 10 million in the U.S., are central actors in a many decade life-drama: they both shape, and are shaped by, the affected individual, as the neurotypical who lives the most similar life, in the same cultural present-tense and within the same family.


For information, sponsorship opportunities, and reservations, please contact:

Rachel Peniche 858.514.5151

rpeniche@vistahill.org