Film Screening and Discussion: "The Buddy System"

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room

The Darien Library is pleased to cosponsor a screening of The Buddy System: A Dog Makes A Difference with STAR, Inc. A meet and greet with the stars of the film, both furry and not, will follow. (2016); NR; 58 minutes; This film does not have closed captioning.

About the Film

The Buddy System is an award-winning new documentary film about the extraordinary bond between specially trained assistance dogs and children on the autism spectrum. It celebrates the powerful difference love and compassion can provide when it comes in the form of a 4-legged, unconditional companion, and raises important issues of awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism in our society.

The Buddy System follows the story of "Buddy", a pup who is raised and trained by a Connecticut mom who first recognized the benefits of an assistance dog while raising her son, who was on the spectrum. She went on to get her Master degree in psychology and created an innovative breeding program to raise, train and match specific dogs to specific children, "Buddy" is the 250th dog she has placed.

The film has been endorsed by leading autism support organizations, winning an award at the Autism Society of America's inaugural film festival, AutFest and screening as the closing night event for the US Autism & Asperger Association's World Conference, and previewed at the offices of Sesame Street Workshop as they were preparing to introduce "Julia", the first Muppet on the spectrum.

To learn more about this film, please visit

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