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What Billy Couldn’t Say

What Billy Couldn’t Say

This chronicle of a death foretold shares the tragic story of Billy, a severely autistic young man who was let down by every system designed to support him. Coming from a family that couldn’t pay for private insurance Billy never received the care he needed. The cheapest and quickest option left on the table was the use of heavy psychotropic medications. At the age of 18, Billy died of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome a cardiac arrest caused by overmedication. This film explores the connection between poverty and poor health care and how it can lead to a catastrophic ending, particularly when the patient is disabled and non-speaking.

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Liam Kehler, Community Teacher
Jamie Azar
Pam Gwen
Marie Rhoads
Amy Vandyken