America ReFramed Season 5
  • Feature Film
  • 2017
  • 57 Mins

Deej is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and advocate for non-speaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid on a fast track to nowhere, DJ is now a first-year college student who insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they are neurologically diverse. Will Deej be able to find freedom for himself and others like him?

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Film Credits

  • Robert Rooy Director
  • David James Savarese Producer
  • Robert Rooy Producer

Critical Acclaim

Every time the world changes, someone has to go first. It's hard to go first. DJ knows this better than most. But Deej makes one thing very clear–he's going to bring all of us along with him.

Julie Bascom, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)