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Jorge Tirigall

Jorge Tirigall Productions
Best Buddies Ambassador
Baltimore, Maryland Area
Hello, my name is Jorge Tirigall, a recent autistic graduate of HCPSS. I am from Columbia, Maryland and I am a 20 year old with autism. I've been a member of Best Buddies for 4 years. I was born on October 24th 1997 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.

A few days after I was born, I started my entertainment hobby career. I was the on camera talent for my father’s home videos that has continued on ever since for many years. In 1998, a home video was recorded of me swimming without ever having a swim lesson. This video demonstrates my gifts, talents and abilities. In 1999, I had first performed at a Christmas party as a covering hand singer. In 2004, I performed as a dancer at one of my father’s concerts in the Columbia Lakefront next to the Columbia Mall. It is my passion to entertain. From 2006 to 2008, I was the local announcer for the Talbot Springs Elementary School announcements. In 2011, I have started my ambitions of filmmaking. In 2014, I appeared in a video alongside Best Buddies member Yihui Wang in which me and him played as announcers for Reservoir High School news.

From 2014 to 2016, I participated in Reservoir High School's talent shows as a singer, actor, and a puppeteer. From late 2015 to early 2016, I made educational videos for the Pre-K students at Cedar Lane School in Fulton, Maryland. Today, not only I own a filmmaking business called Jorge Tirigall Productions but since the end of January 2017, I made TV appearances as a regular public speaker on the HCPSS TV channel on channel #42 for Verizon, channel #95 for Comcast, and channel #1085 for Xfinity.

In middle school, I was bullied because of my achievements and because of my autism. I started to get bullied by my classmates. A classmate threw wet toilet paper at me. As a result, I screamed for help. There was no help at all from the students and the teachers. I reported it to the administrator. The administrator said that he will fix the bullying problem but he did not do it. On one occasion, someone had called me a trifling which means that I'm not important in the school which in turn made me sad and depressed. On another occasion, my classmates ridiculed and laughed at me because of the way that I behave. After those occasions, I tried to kill myself by poisoning, overdose of medication, or stabbing myself with a knife.

In high school, my life was changed when I joined Best Buddies. I transferred to Reservoir High School in my sophomore year after I found out about Best Buddies. I joined Best Buddies and they helped me with my social skills. Best Buddies helped me with my social skills. It also gave me the opportunity to make friends with others who enjoyed entertainment and film. My best friends from Best Buddies, Dana Gillum, Mary Dudzinski, and Maria Janush have acted and starred in my films. Together, we have created special memories. For example, Dana, Mary, and Maria had done voiceover work for my latest feature length film Jorge and Friends. Today, I am an advocate for people with IDD. I also occasionally speak to the politicians, educational leaders, and everyone who is interested in Best Buddies. I have a unique story, I have an eloquent, articulate voice, I'm brave and easy to talk to.

I have a desire to give people with disabilities a chance to feel included and reach their full potential. I went through a lot over the years of my life and I want to help others create memories with friends, as I did by giving them new opportunities to work together with me on my films in the future. I enjoyed speaking to people and Best Buddies will help me find more speaking opportunities. I am speaking to you today to raise awareness of bullying faced by people with IDD. We need your help to stop bullying. Join and volunteer for Best Buddies because you're going to experience a wonderful time and you'll meet more new friends in the future.
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Sunday, July 22
 

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