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Someone Like Me

Surviving and thriving with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Available for streaming May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2019.

Kyle, age 31, lives in Washington State and has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). In Someone Like Me, Kyle spends a day showing his friend, 23-year-old Monica, around Seattle. Monica also has FASD. As they go sight-seeing in the city, they discuss both the challenges and the rewards of their disability.

A remarkable portrait of two people thriving against the odds, Someone Like Me offers an insight into the lives of people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and shows that, sometimes, surviving adversity can lead to great things.

About the filmmakers

Bryan Tucker is a freelance producer and documentary filmmaker based in Seattle. His first feature-length documentary film is Closure, which aired nationally and regionally on REEL NW. The film is currently available on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Tucker works with a variety of freelance clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond and seeks out projects that elevate marginalized voices and address social justice issues.

Kyle Burt is 32 years old and currently resides in Bellingham, Wash. Kyle has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Someone Like Me is his first film project. In his spare time, he loves to sing, dance, drum and make music videos for his YouTube channel.


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It's wonderful to see that there is a film about a person with FASD, but disheartening that even in this article there is confusion about diagnostic names. At one point, the disability is named as "fetal alcohol syndrome disorder" (which does not exist). Fetal alcohol syndrome has noticeable physical components and affects around 15-20% of persons with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. FASDs include FAS, alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, and alcohol-related birth defects. This is more than a matter of terminology. Many people assume that since they don't know, or don't think they know, anyone with obvious fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol consumption in pregnancy must be relatively safe. In fact, FASDs as a whole are as prevalent as autism spectrum disorders, and the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure are not infrequently diagnosed as ASD and/or ADHD rather than FASD, which complicates both treatment and awareness.

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