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From The Fanlight Collection
Two Worlds — One Planet
By Gail Levin, Ann Reinking, and O. Robin Sweet
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film stillThe incidence of Asperger syndrome and other forms of autism in the United States appear to be increasing dramatically. This powerful, eye-opening documentary brings the issue out of the shadows, stressing that young people with these developmental disabilities can learn and grow, if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected. Two Worlds — One Planet takes an upbeat look at students attending Gateway Academy, a private K-12 day school specializing in youth with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. The film offers a rare opportunity to enter the world of children with Asperger's and Autism, and to see it through their own eyes and the eyes of their families. Their parents show remarkable and sometimes painful candor in revealing autism's impact on the entire family.

These students perceive the world differently, and they learn differently as well. The school offers them an academic curriculum that is challenging and structured, and nurturing in its approach to fostering growth, responsibility and independence. Students, faculty, and families work collaboratively to help students discover and develop their individual gifts and strengths.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
COMMFFEST Community Film Festival

62 minutes / B&w
Release: 2008
Copyright: 2008

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Subject areas:
Adolescence, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities, Disabilities & Parenting, Fanlight Collection, Healthcare, High School Use, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, US & Canadian Broadcast Rights

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