Keri Bowers

Show Notes

In episodes four and five, I am thrilled to speak with Keri Bowers. Keri is an artist, an autism advocate and activist, an art therapist, a speaker, and a filmmaker, whose oldest son, Taylor, has high-functioning autism.

She co-founded The Art of Autism Movement in 2006, a collaborative project dedicated to providing resources, building portfolios, connecting mentors, and advancing the dialogue about autism and the arts.

Keri founded Normal Films in 2005, and has produced three documentary films, two of which were made by her sons, and one by herself.

Taylor’s film, Normal People Scare Me, explores what it’s like to live with autism.
Little brother Jace’s film, The Sandwich Kid, delves into what it’s like to have a sibling with disabilities.
And Keri’s movie is entitled Arts: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & the Arts.

I chatted with Keri about the role of the arts in child development, autism and technology, and sending your kids off to college – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We spoke about a futuristic Google Glass app that can identify moods with its facial and vocal recognition software. Here’s the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2402031/Google-Glass-app-reads-human-emotions-used-help-improve-lives-people-autism.html

And here’s a short audio clip that explores the potential of Google Glass for recording daily events for later review: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/access-tech/could-google-glass-help-people-autism. How was your day, dear? Never mind, I’ll just upload the footage…

Keri mentioned her work for the Friendship Circle - here’s their home on the web: http://www.friendshipcircle.com/

And her latest article for Autism Asperger’s Digest can be found here: http://autismdigest.com/expressive-arts-learning-growing-and-expressing

Keri can be found on the web at www.normalfilms.com.

Kelley

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