“Best Kept Secret” documentary


At a public school in Newark, N.J., the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.” JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system. (90 minutes)

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/pov/bestkeptsecret/


‘Guang’ by Quek Shio Chuan | short film

‘Guang’ by Quek Shio Chuan
, an inspiring 14-minute short film based on the true story of his autistic brother, was announced as the winner in a night of glitz and glamor at the BMW Shorties 2011 Gala Premiere today. His winning entry, emerged ahead of 113 other submissions to receive the grand prize award and a production grant of RM75,000.

Article: http://entertainment.malaysia.msn.com/news/storyviewer.aspx?cp-documentid=5645721

View film: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/hn2MCqVblUQ

Autism Now Series: A Viewer’s Guide | PBS

The PBS NewsHour launched a special series of reports, both on-air and online… Autism Now takes a unique — and uniquely personal — look at how the condition impacts families, schools and communities.

As former anchor Robert MacNeil explains in a preview conversation with Hari Sreenivasan, the subject that drew him back to the NewsHour is one that resonates deeply with his own family and the families of thousands of others. MacNeil’s 6-year-old grandson, Nick, has autism.

MacNeil teamed up with producer Caren Zucker, who has produced many stories on the condition and is the mother of a 16-year-old son with autism, to criss-cross the country for five months, building a series of reports that explores the latest scientific and medical thinking and chronicles the impact of autism on families, educators and clinicians.

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Autism Tsunami | employment video

Originally aired – October 9, 2012

Youth on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed and stereotypes and perceptions of legal liabilities create barriers to employment. Can they be overcome?

A 27-minute video: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/#r/segment/5069f24402a76025c800033b

Autistic and Aging Out | Video

Autistic adults aging out of youth services infrastructure video.

Autistic and Aging Out from Narratively on Vimeo.

by Lauren Betesh for Narratively narrative.ly/tough-medicine/autistic-and-aging-out/

Families of children with autism face a tough road when the services of high school programs end at age 21, and parents are often compelled to take on even more care than ever.

For Heidi Roger and her 18-year-old son Andrew, the prospect of “aging out,” while still a few years away, is a question mark looming large over their future.

Lauren Betesh is a New York-based journalist. She is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School and works at HuffPost Live as a Production Assistant. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lauren_Betesh

Carly’s Cafe – An interactive website

“Carly’s Cafe” Provides a Glimpse At What It’s Like To Live With Autism

An interactive website from agency john st. offers unique insights into the perspective of those with autism.

Those with severe autism are often unable to speak or communicate in any meaningful way, which makes 17-year-old Carly Fleischmann such an anomaly. After she was diagnosed with nonverbal autism and oral motor apraxia at age 2, Carly’s parents were told she’d never be able to communicate or develop beyond the intellect of a 6-year-old.

Instead, at age 10 she found her voice through typing and has since become a brilliant student, has recently co-authored Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism with her father Arthur (president of Toronto ad agency John st.), and is an active autism awareness advocate.

Now, to further help people understand the autism experience, john st. has created Carly’s Café, an interactive website that mimics the sensory overload and confusion common to those with the disorder.

Website: http://carlyscafe.com/
Article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1680756/carlys-cafe-provides-a-glimpse-at-what-its-like-to-live-with-autism
Book: http://carlysvoice.com/
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmDGvquzn2k

DVD: Asperger Syndrome At Work

DVD Helps People with Asperger Syndrome Find and Keep a Job

Employees who have Asperger Syndrome describe secrets for getting and keeping a job in a new DVD titled, “Asperger Syndrome At Work.”

The DVD, produced by Coulter Video, includes two programs:
a) one for job seekers
b) one designed to show potential employers the advantages of hiring people who have Asperger Syndrome.

For more information:

Contact: Dan Coulter of Coulter Video
Phone: (336) 608-4224
Email: dan@coultervideo.com
Website: http://www.coultervideo.com

Film: Story of Luke

Director: Alonso Mayo
Run time: 120 min.

Luke, 25, is autistic and has lived a sheltered life with his grandparents. But his world is turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.




On Location: Inclusion Films opens doors in Hollywood

LA Times | December 27, 2011

Inclusion Films - Burbank, California
Greg Donoghue grew up around film sets. His father worked as a film publicist in Europe and his uncle is Pierre Spengler, a producer of the “Superman” movies.

But the 30-year-old had never seriously considered a career in the movie industry until he got a chance to direct his own short-film called “Sunshine Manor,” a love story about relationship between a nursing home patient and her doctor.

“It takes a lot of patience, and time is your worst enemy,” Donoghue said of his directorial debut. “I’d rather build sets than be a director, but the experience is going to benefit me when I try to get an interview.”

Donoghue, who was diagnosed a few years ago with a form of high-functioning autism, was among nearly two dozen special-needs crew members who worked on “Sunshine Manor.” The film was shot over three days in Burbank this summer as a class project for a 20-week-long course offered by Inclusion Films.

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Website: http://www.inclusionfilms.com/

Right Place – Japanese Short Film

This fantastic Japanese short film about a quirky convenience store clerk shows that there’s a place for everyone.

View: http://gimundo.com/videos/view/right-place-japanese-short-film/

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) released this 12-minute video for use by college students with Asperger’s Syndrome as a tool to educate their professors, teaching assistants, and other about the condition. Video includes information on reasonable accommodations in the college classroom.

Download at no cost: www.researchautism.org/resources/AspergerDVDSeries.asp

Weird & Wonderful

Weird and Wonderful a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement from the late 1960s until today. Why did people with disabilities rise up and start complaining about their lot?  Who were the leaders of this rights movement and how did they get this message out?

This five-minute clip highlights the essence of the documentary, and why it’s so essential to raise the funds to finish it. All pledges, big or small, are welcome, and can be made via www.pozible.com/weirdandwonderful.

Website: http://weirdandwonderful.net/

What it’s like to have a Brother with Autism | video

Published | January 2013

Seattle filmmaker Spencer Timme:

Hey guys, here with a short video I made about what it is like for me to have an older brother with autism, I hope you enjoy it and see how blessed I am to have Mitchel as my brother. I love him to death and I want everyone to see how awesome our bond is!

*note, every case of autism is different some more severe than others, not every autistic person is like my brother. This video speaks on behalf of my personal relationship with my brother.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHC0FzywHGY&feature=player_embedded