Learning the power of poetry through Deej

I have always thought that poetry is autistic: it revels in patterned sound. 

- DJ Savarese (Deej)

Renowned writer and advocate for people with disabilities, Deej has created an impact through his poetry based on his own experiences on being an individual with autism who is non-speaking. Carefully crafted, each of Deej's poems powerfully expresses the intricacies of his life, leaving the reader with a sense of wonder and awe.

The Schoen Charitable Family Trust was truly honored to help sponsor Deej's event at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa on October 19, 2017. Open to the students and the community, and attended by Laura, Vicky, and Connor of The Schoen Charitable Family Trust, Deej showed his documentary and concluded with a question-answer session. 

Click here to watch a trailer for his documentary Deej. 

Click here to access Deej's website for further information about his poetry, film, and activism. 

(Left-Right)  Deej, Vicky Schoen, Connor Schoen  (current Loras student) , and Laura Mootz

(Left-Right) Deej, Vicky Schoen, Connor Schoen (current Loras student), and Laura Mootz