Life, Animated

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May, 2018
DVD Author: 
Roger Ross Williams

Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enhanced by Disney animated films, and the love from his family. Owen, who could not speak for years as a child, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies.

Life, Animated shows the next stage of Owen’s journey as he takes his first steps towards independence.

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Best Kept Secret

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April, 2018
DVD Author: 
Samantha Buck

This documentary follows special education teacher Janet Mino and her group of students in Newark, New Jersey over the course of a school year. These students attend JFK High School, a public school which serves individuals with varying disabilities. Janet’s class is comprised of young men with autism who have been with her for four years and are all graduating. Over the course of the film, viewers follow Janet on her journey locating jobs or sports recreational centres so her students have placements upon graduation.

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In the key of genius

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March, 2018
DVD Author: 
TEDX

Derek Paravicini was born blind and diagnosed with ASD. He began playing the piano at a young age with his teacher, Adam Ockelford. This inspirational story focuses on Derek’s talents, and how music helped connect him to others. He is now a professional pianist and performs at concerts.

https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key...

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Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

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February, 2018
DVD Author: 
TEDX

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. The diagnosis of ASD has relied on measures delivered by trained psychologists and clinicians; no blood or medical test currently exists. Steve Silberman explores the history of autism and why the rate of prevalence is increasing.
https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_silberman_the_forgotten_history_of_autis...

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Carina Morillo: To understand Autism, don’t look away

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January, 2018
DVD Author: 
TEDX

Carina is a mother of a child diagnosed with ASD. She describes the struggles she felt when her child was losing his language and ability to maintain eye contact. Carina realized once she started engaging with her son in his preferred activities, she felt real connections, and began building his joint attention skills. She also did this by connecting with her son using pictures.

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How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s

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December, 2017
DVD Author: 
TED

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. To date, there are more boys diagnosed with ASD than girls.

In this TED, Alix Generous describes her life with Asperger’s in a humorous way and the challenges it brought her in the school setting. This impactful video demonstrates the complexities of ASD, and to be mindful of these differences and how they can affect communication.

Alix describes ASD as a challenge but also a gift that allows her to think innovatively which ultimately helped her become a successful business woman.

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Aspergers are us

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November, 2017
DVD Author: 
Alex Lehmann

Aspergers Are Us is a documentary about a group of four friends with ASD, who formed a comedy troupe. They prepare for a final show before going in different directions continuing their journey through adulthood. This inspiring story shows people with ASD can develop friendships, achieve higher education, and have a meaningful quality of life.

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Autism in Love

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October, 2017
DVD Author: 
Matt Fuller, Director

Autism in Love is a documentary showcasing four individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their romantic relationships.

Creators wanted to focus on adults with ASD as there is less documentation on this age group. The documentary demonstrates the challenges and intricacies of romantic relationships for individuals with autism due to deficits in social communication. Overall, the focus on romantic relationships for individuals with ASD showcases the impact this social area has on mental health and quality of life.

If you like updates on the individuals followed in the documentary, you can check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AutismInLove/.

You may download the video from http://www.autisminlove.com/services3

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Atypical

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October, 2017
DVD Author: 
Seth Gordon

Atypical is a comedy that follows Sam, a teenager with ASD, who decides he is ready for a girlfriend despite his struggles with social interaction. The series depicts a family’s efforts to cope with their son’s diagnosis, and his quest for independence.
This would be helpful for families who have teenagers with ASD. Although the family dynamic issues may be hard to watch, they provide a realistic representation of some common themes. Some of the content may not be suitable for all children, and viewer discretion is advised.

Find it on Netflix.

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Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

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September, 2017
DVD Author: 
TED Talks

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. The diagnosis of ASD has relied on measures delivered by trained psychologists and clinicians; no blood or medical test currently exists. However, Ami Klin and his colleague Warren Jones have developed eye tracking technology to diagnose individuals at an earlier age. This Ted Talk, delivered by Klin, gives insight to the development of their technology.

Please note: current ASD rate are now 1 in 68

You can find it here: https://www.ted.com/talks/ami_klin_a_new_way_to_diagnose_autism

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