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Sugar Grove resident creates Asperger's documentary

Film to be screened at Sugar Grove Public Library on Nov. 12

SUGAR GROVE – A local resident will share her documentary about her and other young adults living with Asperger's syndrome at the Sugar Grove Public Library on Nov. 12.

Sugar Grove resident Alyssa Huber, a freelance filmmaker, created the documentary called “Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger’s.”

The library is located at 125 S. Municipal Drive, and the free all-ages event will be held in Meeting Room C from 2 to 4 p.m.

Huber’s documentary has interviews with young adults who have Asperger's syndrome, medical information on Asperger’s and personal commentary. Instrumental music plays, nature is shown, and creative touches are evident, like swings moving without anyone there.

Her current fiance, Matthew Rhodes of Ohio, is also one of the film's subjects, known as an Aspie, or someone with Asperger’s. Other people interviewed live in Sugar Grove, Elgin and St. Charles.

The documentary shows Aspies’ interactions with others and places and how they perceive the world.

Huber explained what she hopes people take away from her documentary.

“The biggest thing is just that we are very different individually,” Huber said. “And each of us should be approached unbiased … .  My goal when I was making the documentary was to show just how unique each of us are.”

Huber plans to debunk some stereotypes that people may have.

“High-functioning people can have low-functioning moments,” Huber said. “Like a person with Asperger’s can have a meltdown that looks like someone with low-functioning autism. And somebody with supposedly low-functioning autism can actually be incredibly intelligent … .”

Huber and Library Director Shannon Halikias will greet attendees. After the documentary plays, people can munch on refreshments.

There will be chocolate chip and iced oatmeal cookies and Halikias’ baked bread.

The “Through Our Eyes” DVD will be available for purchase for $15.

Huber and her friend Miranda Naden, who has autism and lives in Sugar Grove, also will be selling their crafts. Naden’s crafts were to be determined, but Huber plans on selling wide-eyed soot sprites and a decorated plant in a pot.

Huber will give a presentation on autism spectrum disorder, her inspiration to create the documentary and insight on her filmmaking process.

Huber will also interact with attendees via a question-and-answer format.

Halikias learned lessons while watching “Through Our Eyes.”

“Coming to know Alyssa and seeing what she’s able to do with the documentary that’s very professional and well-done … . It really helped me discover more about the fact that people have different talents,” Halikias said. “They have different wirings. It’s actually a beautiful thing that we’re not all built exactly the same. And that just creates a rich landscape of diversity in our human experience.”

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