(33 mins)  In this episode, hosts Katherine Cody, Psy.D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS take a look at the new award-winning movie Keep the Change (Tribeca Film Festival 2017 – Best Picture, Best Actress Nomination; Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, Boston Jewish and ReelAbilities Film Festival). They are joined by guests Rachel Israel (the writer and director of the film) and Samantha Elisofon (the co-star of the movie). Rachel Israel received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Rachel lives in NYC and is an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She has directed short films that have screened at festivals around the world. Keep the Change is Rachel’s feature directorial debut (which is based on her own award-winning short by the same name), and the movie has received support from The Sundance Institute, Rooftop Film Festival, and the Princess Grace Foundation. Samantha Elisofon co-stars in Keep the Change, and also recently appeared in the film Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson (Karlovy Vary, Cannes Film Festival). Samantha is an inaugural cast member of EPIC Players (Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God and Lucy Van Pelt in the musical production, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown). She sings regularly in cabarets, loves to work with young children, and graduated cum laude from Pace University in 2014. Rachel discusses the genesis of the film, and why she decided to use actors with autism in the film, and Samantha discusses her own diagnosis on the spectrum, as well as how she differs from the character she plays. Becca and Kate also discuss their connections to the film, and feelings about how it represents the autism community.

Keep the Change begins its New York theatrical run on March 16th at the Quad Cinema – click here for details!

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Keep the Change official trailer (2 min 13 sec):



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Spectrumly Speaking is the podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Every two weeks join our hosts Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS (a Life Coach, Certified Autism Specialist, and Autism advocate that is herself on the spectrum) and Katherine Cody, Psy.D. (a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in people on the autism spectrum) as they discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community. 

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BECCA LORY, CAS, BCCS was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult and has since become an active advocate and life coach for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ms. Lory has published multiple articles along with speaking publicly about life on the autism spectrum with the goal of spreading awareness, understanding, and encouraging self-advocacy. Having spent four years supporting the autism community through non-profit work, Ms. Lory decided to branch into autism consulting, in-service trainings, and life coaching as a solo venture while developing improvisational workshops to assist adults on the spectrum with the practice of independent living skills.

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KATHERINE CODY, PSY. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and Connecticut. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently in full-time private practice and maintains offices at Spectrum Services in NYC and in southern Connecticut. Dr. Cody offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations including Adult Asperger’s Assessments. She also provides individual and family psychotherapy services, specializing in an individualized and integrated approach to treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. She offers psychotherapy services using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches integrated with social skills training, and family psychotherapy as needed. Dr. Cody offers particular expertise in therapy for individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions (i.e. anxiety, depression, etc.). She has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with ASDs. Dr. Cody also provides training and supervision to externs and interns in educational and clinical psychology.

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