Consultation and advocacy to secure services for children with ASD – Sometimes the Magic Works.
Dr. Coplan describes one small victory over “The System.”
Impossible, but true: The film “Little Big Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman, was released in 1970. Most of you were not even born in 1970. OMG. Unless you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably never seen (or even heard of) it. The Graduate (1967) and Midnight Cowboy (1969) already had turned Hoffman into a rising young superstar. Later roles (Tootsie -1982; Rainman – 1988) would cement his role as one the greatest American actors of the 20th century.
“Little Big Man” is the name Hoffman’s character receives from his Native American mentor, Old Lodge Skins. Old Lodge Skins is full of wisdom, leavened by humility and a sense of the absurd tragedy which is the human condition. “Today is a good day to die,” Old Lodge Skins was prone to say, before an impending battle. Not that dying itself was the goal, but that if one’s affairs are in order and one acts with honor, then dying is not to be feared. I won’t spoil the story for you; just see the film. You won’t be disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »