On Sunday August 30th 2016 we lost Dr Oliver Sacks one of our finest story tellers of the human condition. Oliver was a neurologist who was passionate about understanding and appreciating the richness of different ways of experiencing the world.
In the 1990s Oliver Sacks made a fascinating documentary that featured autism and the work of the artist Jessica Park. Jessica’s early years had been documented in great detail in one of the seminal texts on autism written by Jessica’s mother, Clara Claiborne Park, in 1967 that was entitled The Siege. The documentary can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w18ftSd_I3w. The film begins with Oliver introducing an exhibition of Jessica’s work.
Jessica’s art work can be seen at http://www.purevisionarts.org/artists/jessica-park/
Oliver Sacks significantly influenced how we understand and respond to autism today. He most publicly emphasised the humanity and value of people whatever their category of impairment. Oliver will be much missed.