Ron Suskind

Join 400 business and community leaders and be inspired by Ron Suskind, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and six time best-selling author, including Life, Animated  (subject of a documentary now shortlisted in the 2016 Oscar race)

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist and best-selling author. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000 and has published the books A Hope in the UnseenThe Price of LoyaltyThe One Percent DoctrineThe Way of the WorldConfidence Men, and his memoir Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for articles in the Wall Street Journal that became the starting point for his first book, A Hope in the Unseen. Suskind has written books on the George W. Bush Administration, the Barack Obama Administration, and related issues of the United States' use of power.

Of his six best-selling books, the most recent is Life, AnimatedA Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism which documents his family's two-decade struggle with regressive autism. Using a technique called Affinity Therapy, the book recounts how the Suskinds broke through to their autistic son Owen by exposing him to Disney movies, which Owen memorized and used as a pathway to communication. Ron's technique was demonstrated onstage at Comedy Central’s autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars, where Owen memorably acted out scenes from Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried.

Inspired by Ron Suskind's New York Times bestseller, the documentary, LIFE, ANIMATED, was produced by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams. LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, who was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent - and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires - until his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

On December 5, 2016, the documentary branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that LIFE, ANIMATED was one of the 15 films that made the short list for their Best Documentary Feature award and that it will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-five films were originally submitted in the category. The five nominees will be unveiled along with all other Academy Award categories on January 24. So, we might be in for a special celebration!

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