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welcome_to_jfkJohn F. Kennedy High School in Newark, N.J., provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs as seen in POV’s (documentaries with a point of view), Best Kept Secret, which airs on WGBY Monday, September 23, at 10pm.  In the film 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. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system.  Watch a preview.

POV free resources for educators include 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists. Registered educators can use any of 80+ full-length films in the classroom for free through their documentary lending library.  Two POV lesson plans about autism are:

Neurodiversity:  Negotiating the World . . . Differently (Grades 9-12)  Students explore how people who are “differently wired” — or not “neurotypical” — negotiate, view and interact with the world. As students learn about autism through the lens of individuals with autism, they analyze the wide range of perceptions, reactions and means of engagement among those on and off the autism spectrum. They determine how to embrace neurodiversity, and how everyone might recognize and accept the diverse ways all people function in a norm-prescriptive society.

Medical Scene Investigators (Grades 6-8, 9-10, 11-12)  All or individually, three videos are used to follow an investigative pattern similar to the popular television show “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigators) with the title of the project being “MSI” (Medical Scene Investigators) who work with individual medical conditions — HIV/AIDS, autism, asthma and cancer –  that are revealed in the videos.

You can also search for resources on “autism” at PBS LearningMedia.

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hi_pov-neurotypicalNeurotypical — broadcast on WGBY Monday, July 29, at 10:00pm — is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.  Preview.

In addition to the resources you’ll find at the POV:  Documentaries with a point of view website, PBS LearningMedia has the following:

 Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research:  Dr. Levy says that because the characteristics of autism disorders range so widely, it has been difficult for scientists to pin down causes and develop effective treatments. But, she says she has hope.   (Audio, Grades 7-13+)

Is Autism Genetic or Environmental?  In this video segment from Greater Boston, learn about conflicting theories regarding the cause of autism.  (Video, Grades: 9-12)

Visual Supports:  A fact sheet for understanding visual supports.  (Document with Background Essay & Discussion Questions,  Grades 4-8)

We’d love to hear what you think about the program, this subject or any of these resources.

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enigmaThe fast pace of life today could very well be responsible for the increase in autism among children. Autism is the fastest rising developmental disorder in the industrialized world. Research has been frustratingly inconclusive, but the emerging theme is that autism is triggered by the environment, not heredity, and that our toxic lifestyle is now proving too much for children to bear. The recently-made DVD (2012), The Autism Enigma (I.D. 2300),  examines this issue. The video runs 52 minutes.

Borrow this DVD for a month by clicking here.

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WGBY’s documentary AUTISM: COMING OF AGE, presented by American Public Television and sponsored by MassMutual SpecialCare production, has received first place honors at the fifth annual National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Television and Radio Journalism Awards.  Check out a short trailer of the documentary:

Since autism affects the way children behave, learn, and interact in everyday situations, children with autism often have difficulties with communication and social interactions.  The documentary provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism.  Autism and disability experts from Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania also discuss the current system, impending challenges, and possible outcomes for the future.

As noted in an earlier post, another great resource to pass along to families with autistic children can be found this month at  PBS Parents in a feature on How To Help Children With Autism. Written by Fredda Brown, Ph.D., Sima Gerber, Ph.D. and Christopher M. Oliva, Ph.D. of Queens College, this “Inclusive Communities” segment has features on educational needs, team planning, and how to support children.  Other Inclusive Communities segments include Family Rights, Special Education Evaluation, Assistive Technology and others.

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Autism is a disability that affects the way children behave, learn, and interact in everyday situations. Children with autism often have difficulties with communication and social interactions.

This month, PBS Parents provides a great feature on How To Help Children With Autism.  Written by Fredda Brown, Ph.D., Sima Gerber, Ph.D. and Christopher M. Oliva, Ph.D. of Queens College, this “Inclusive Communities” segment has features on educational needs, team planning, and how to support children.  Other Inclusive Communities segments include Family Rights, Special Education Evaluation, Assisitive Technology and others.  This is a great resource to pass along with families who are working their way though these important issues in education.

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April is Autism Awareness Month.  When people think of autism, many instinctively tend to think of children.  In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood.   To help  families and teachers learn more about the future of these children, WGBY will air Autism: Coming of Age on Tuesday, April 12, at 8:oo pm.

Here’s a brief preview:

The one-hour documentary provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams.  Autism and disability experts from Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania also discuss the current system, impending challenges, and possible outcomes for the future.

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