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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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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The Story of Luke

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August, 2017
DVD Author: 
Alonso Mayo

This move stars Seth Green and tells the story of a young man with autism. The plot centers around this man’s journey of moving in with family after his grandmother passes away. It documents the social challenges he faces when trying to obtain a job and get a girlfriend.

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Fly Away

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July, 2017
DVD Author: 
Janet Grillo

This movie depicts the story of a single mother (Jeanne) raising her teenage daughter who is very impacted by autism. During the movie, the viewer is brought on Jeanne’s journey and the challenges with raising her daughter. Jeanne must face her daughter’s future as adulthood approaches – will she remain at home? Or do other arrangements need to be made? A must-watch to gain perspective on what some parents go through with their children.

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Rosie King: How Autism Freed Me to be Myself

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June, 2017
DVD Author: 
TedTalks

Although short in length, this Ted Talk discusses the importance of human diversity by 16-year-old Rosie King. Rosie spends time talking about her own experience as an individual with autism. As such, she provides an additional voice to this current area of activism and education, especially neurodiversity.

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

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How to Dance in Ohio

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May, 2017

Individuals with autism lack social skills and often find navigating the social world difficult. As such, this documentary takes an in-depth look at a group of teens with autism preparing for their first formal dance. During this journey, the viewer experiences the emotions, stressors, anxieties, and gains of these young people. Overall, this documentary provides a humbling look at a coming of age experience most of us take for granted.

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Steve Silberman: The Forgotten History of Autism

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April, 2017
DVD Author: 
Ted Talks

This Ted Talk does and excellent job of overviewing the history of autism from Kanner’s seminal research in 1943, Asperger’s research in 1944, and current autism publications. Silberman discusses the hike in autism diagnosis from 1 in 5000 in 1975 to 1 in 68 today. Links are made between the history of autism and current anti-vaccine rhetoric brought on by Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s falsified research. Care is taken to show how much damage Dr. Wakefield’s deplorable research continues to have on public health and vacation dogma. To obtain more information on Silberman’s research, read his book NeuroTribes
To view, click on this link.

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Autism: What we Know (and What We Don’t)

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March, 2017
DVD Author: 
Ted Talks

In this Ted Talk, geneticist Dr. Wendy Chung discusses what is currently known about the causes of autism spectrum disorder. She delves into possible causes of ASD such as genetics and environment by relying on factual evidence. Her presentation includes information gathered by analyzing research and reviewing current “treatments.” A must watch for anyone wanting to know the truth behind his developmental disability.

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Best Kept Secret

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February, 2017
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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