Going to the movies is a part of most of our lives. But for many families with special needs, heading out to see the latest blockbuster is not an option.
In the movie business, bigger is better, and the local cineplex features an explosion of bewildering options designed to overwhelm the senses. For most of us, that’s what makes the movies fun – but for others, it can be too much to take.
Vivian Edens is a San Antonio mom whose son, Hunter, has Asperger Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum.
In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas."
Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.