The Reason I Jump

Opens April 9th for 2 weeks as part of Autism Acceptance Month
Presented with the Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter

Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Naoki Higashida, this new documentary is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends narrated passages from Naoki’s writing to convey his revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of additional remarkable young people. The film reveals Naoki’s core message – not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. (82 mins)

The Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter works to build an inclusive society to help improve the lives of all affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the United States, the autism prevalence rate has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010, to 1 in 54 in 2021. For more information visit

The Reason I Jump will be revelatory for viewers who know little about the subject, and affirmative for caregivers and parents of children on the autism spectrum.” – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

“It’s a leap of faith that is deeply rewarding.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

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