BBC- My Autism and Me

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May, 2012

Rosie, a 13-year old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, narrated this BBC film, which won “Best Children’s Program” at the 2012 Royal Television Society Awards.

Rosie explains what it’s like to grow up with Asperger’s Syndrome. She introduces us to her younger brother who has classic autism and two other teens with Asperger’s Syndrome. The film provides insights into the lives of young people living with autism. Rosie shows us why it is worth getting to know children with autism, even if they appear a bit different.

Notable quotes:

  • “Living with autism can be hard sometimes, but it makes me who I am.”
  • “I think it gives me my imagination. It also gives me my incredible skill at remembering hundreds of impressive facts.”
  • “Some people might call my obsession with facts a bit boring. I call it focus.”
  • “Tony doesn’t find it easy to socialize but his hobby has helped him to make friends.”
  • “Everyone else is weird. I’m fine.”
  • “Only one in every 6 people with autism, end up with a full-time paid job.”
  • “Just because I’m autistic, doesn’t mean I can’t succeed.”

This 15-minute film was produced by BBC, CBBC Programmes, Newsround. It can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=FeGaffIJvHM

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