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Published on Oct 13, 2011
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Mark and Linda Keane hope a UWM filmmaker's documentary about their 21-year-old daughter, Ariel, will give viewers a new perspective on autism.
"It shows Ariel as Ariel, happy and full of life," says Linda Keane. Shu Ling Hsieh's film "I Am Beautiful" about Ariel Keane, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, premiered in June, 2011.
"I think Ariel is a good character for a film," says Hsieh (MFA, Performing Arts-Film '05), "and there are few films about autism." Hsieh was shooting a documentary at Shorewood High School when she got to know the Keane family.
Mark Keane is a professor of architecture at UWM, and Linda Keane is professor of architecture and environmental design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since Ariel was diagnosed, both have become advocates for autism awareness, research and education.