Deej

About This Episode


Deej is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. DJ Savarese is himself the writer and co-producer of Deej.

Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid on a fast track to nowhere, Deej is now a first-year college student with a burning desire to stand up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they have neurological differences. He complains they are too often “housed in classrooms of easy lessons.” Deej tells a coming-of-age story that showcases a young man’s passionate experience of life, supported by the love of his parents, his devoted extended family, and a community of close friends. Profound and unflinching, the film reveals what it takes to make the goals of “inclusion” and “disability rights” a reality. Will Deej be able to find find freedom in his own life and for others like him?