'Life, Animated' Star Meets Voices of His Favorite Characters: Part 5

At screenings, Owen Suskind met the stars of some of his favorite Disney films.
5:21 | 05/14/17

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Reporter: It's the last place the suskinds expected to find themselves -- the red carpet. Please welcome to the stage, Owen suskind. Reporter: But that's where Owen and his family are spending much of their time. Their new film "Life animated" premiered this year and is playing at festivals around the country and the world. The magic carpet of animated movies and the documentary are carrying Owen farther into the world than his family ever dreamed. The way people see those with autism is that they don't want to be around other people. That's wrong. The Owen effect is extraordinary. People are in tears, they're screaming out his name. He relishes his place in the spotlight. Reporter: Sometimes, he's front and center with notable friends from the animated world. His old pal, Gilbert Gottfried. You marry the princess and then you become the sultan? I become sultan? The idea has merit. He actually knows it better than I do. Reporter: And Paige O'Hara, the voice of belle from "Beauty and the beast," here at the Virginia film festival. I just want to give you a hug. It's a pleasure to meet you. You are so wonderful. Thanks. Reporter: Oscar winning composer of "Little mermaid" and many other classics, Alan Menken, happy to simply accompany his friend on the keyboard. ??? Under the sea ??? Reporter: What do you want people to learn about you, Owen, and your life, by watching the film? What do you hope other people will learn? Will understand me. Reporter: Understand what? Understand my way in the world. How many people here like Disney, show of hands. I love Disney! Reporter: At uva, Owen and his dad meet with students studying autism, and a few nonverbal people with autism from the community. It's great to meet you. What's your name? I'm Ron. Reporter: Using a letter board, a student joins Owen's quest to not be forgotten. I'm inspired to know new friends and advocates. I'm glad to be your new friend, Juan. We feel that no autistic should be left behind. Let's hear it for that. That's something that everybody wants. And Owen says that as so many of the spectrum kids I talk to and adults say it. I want to be out there. I want a life so much like the life you're living or the one you want. So that was always our challenge. Reporter: It's become their mission, bringing awareness to people who are all too often overlooked. Cornelia and I would say to each other, who decides what the meaningful life is? Because I can't count the number of times when people would look at our son and say, that's not a meaningful life. Who decides that? Who decides the meaningful life is? He's asked that now. He says, "I do. And this life I live is meaningful. Let me show you how." Reporter: Ron is now working to help other families. Some of the parents are going, "How do I do what you did?" You know, I don't have a pulitzer prize, my wife works out of the home, and I can't spend ten years in the basement watching Disney. Reporter: While there is no cure for autism, Ron says their experience with Owen suggests there may be a way to reach people with autism through their obsessions or affinities. Then we saw there are many affinities. The kids who are Harry potter kids and star wars kids, dinosaur kids. Reporter: Dinosaur kids. I have kids -- Reporter: I know a boy who's obsessed with dinosaurs. They're everywhere. Reporter: Ron has created technology to explore ways that those affinities can open the door to communication for other children silenced by autism using movies as a launching pad to spark conversation. Do you like to watch a funny video? Yes, I do. Do you get afraid of being alone? Sometimes. Why? Because I have low self esteem and autism. Reporter: Autism researcher Kirstin Birtwell with Harvard medical school and Massachusetts general hospital, is now studying this theory that affinities can be therapy. If it works for families and families have an experience with it that is positive, who are we as professionals to really not want to look into that and not want to explore it. Can you look at the "Ratatouille" teaser trailer? There is no such thing as perfection. And autism is a way of being. It's not something to be fixed. It's just the idea of recognizing the joy in your child, and following that joy, and respecting your child for who they are, and for what their interests and talents and passions are.

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