A second "Normal" film, The Sandwich Kid, was about Taylor's younger brother Jace, and addressed the triumphs and challenges for siblings of kids with special needs. It too is a wonderful film.
Recently, I had a chance to talk with Keri via e-mail and ask her some questions.
What are you and Taylor doing now? Though Taylor and I continue to travel with our film, Normal People Scare Me, and his business “Taylor & Autism Unraveled,” we continue to deal with the daily realities of autism in an adult world. There’s a magic line between a cucumber and a pickle (as I say), and once you become a pickle you can never be a cucumber again. This is the line between adolescence and becoming an adult. All the rules change, the players (in supports) change, and the issues a young man or woman face as adults become, in many ways, more urgent, more real. Taylor has had some set-backs. He was living in semi-independent living for a year and a half. Toward the end, staff (who did not really understand autism) began to verbally abuse him. Those actions caused him to move home and retreat into himself. I have brought on a Calvary of supports for him to help him regain his (former) shine, but it is hard when the mysteries of the human psyche and autism combined can keep a person stuck in a challenging place.
Thank you Keri! Congrats on your THIRD film coming out Janurary 15, and best of luck on the reality show. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed!