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New Featured Artist in The Pavilion: Margie-Lee Rodriguez

Margie-Lee Rodriguez Born in Puerto Rico in 1966, Margie-Lee was a “normal” but hyperactive infant.  At age 2 she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which explains her slurred speech.  She did not talk until age 10 and was diagnosed as “severely” mentally retarded.  She started grade school at 13 and graduated from 9th grade at […]

Weighing on Weight Loss

Author: Merrick Egber (April 2018) I’ve always had problems with athleticism, whether it’s by low stamina, lack of proper energy, or a basic interest in more sedentary activities like reading, film, or video games compared to playing on a team, that led me to balloon, and there were hardly any fans at the ceiling to push […]

Els for Autism Foundation stands united with autism organizations worldwide

Els for Autism Foundation stands united with autism organizations worldwide in reminding our community that autism affects each person differently, and misconceptions can increase prejudice toward the vast majority who are peaceful and productive members of society. Recent statements from the Autism Society and Autism Speaks: Autism Society Autism Speaks

Under the Spotlight: How the Visual Arts Introduces Proper Meaning

Author: Merrick Egber (February 2018)  Movies, movies, movies…. How I love them, from an early age when I was introduced to Disney films, I would start my lifelong love for movies, and the visual arts. Back then, my hero was Jim Carrey, my favorite movie was “The Lion King” and the biggest controversy was more about […]

“Boy” Wonder: A review that flies into space

Author: Merrick Egber (November 30th, 2017) I’m an open person when it comes to movies. I may be a single 31 year old man with no kids, but if an animated movie or a family movie comes out with good reviews, I’ll go and see it, no matter what others think. Sure, the viewing audience […]

Nobody Knows What It’s Like: My Review of “The Good Doctor”

Author: Merrick Egber (October 5th, 2017) An attempt at a spoiler free review. Disclaimer: This review only covers the first two episodes, “Pilot – Burnt Food”, and “Mount Rushmore” Through better strategies to assess and treat children with autism, it is time for some empowerment stories of autism told through the lens of cinema and […]

Eighteen Candles: My Review of Atypical

Author: Merrick Egber (September 19th, 2017) An attempt at a spoiler-free review. You may remember me saying that the only autistic representation in the media that I knowingly indulged in was “Rain Man”, sometimes I feel like it is way too personal to go out of my way to watch. This late summer, early fall […]