The Invisible Wall: Autism

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March, 2019
DVD Author: 
Stephen Eder

This 50-minute documentary provides a “good, bad, and ugly” presentation of Autism. Some segments, particularly in the beginning of the film, give a bleak view of the lives of children with Autism and their families. In other segments, the talents of people with Autism are presented. Another segment shows how, with appropriate supports, adults with Autism have come to lead full and meaningful adult lives, and so the film also provides a hopeful view of Autism, as well

While some of the information in this DVD would be considered outdated, It does provide a general overview of some of the brain differences related to Autism, and some of the research that was occurring at the time of the documentary (and still continues now).

The film features some familiar faces in the field including Ivar Lovaas, Temple Grandin and Eric Courchesne.

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Job Searching on the Spectrum

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March, 2019
DVD Author: 
9th Planet

Last month, we featured 9th Planet Autism Social Skills Videos targeting social skills such as greeting others, maintaining eye contact and personal space, using the phone, and responding to what others say in conversation.

This month, we are happy to share with you a recent addition to the 9th Planet website, namely the Job Searching on the Spectrum social skills course. This resource focuses specifically on skills needed to find and keep a job and includes 6 brief videos about finding friends, making small talk, planning a job search, finding job opportunities, completing an information interview, and working with a mentor. Each video comes with a lesson plan as well as a guide for using online resources for finding employment opportunities. As in the 9th Planet video models, the videos present each topic in an engaging and humorous manner and feature a character relatable to young adults.
This video set is available by order directly through the 9th Planet website and can be shipped as DVD or downloaded directly onto your computer.
Link to resource: http://www.9thplanet.org/learnmore/spectrum.html

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