Stephen Wiltshire is one of Britain’s most prolific and talented young artists. He is also autistic. This film will follow Stephen as he faces his greatest challenge yet . Artist Stephen…
Play Time (2016) is an empowering short documentary about the experiences of the Fenton & Hernandez families treating their children diagnosed with autism with DIRFloortime®, a comprehensive…
It is estimated that as many as five million people in Europe may be on the autism spectrum. For women with autism, it is especially difficult to get a diagnose. Currently scientific establishment states that for every five boys with an autism spectrum disorder, there is only one girl with autism. Project Autism in Pink suspects there are just as many women with autism as there are men.
Autism in Pink is an innovative European funded partnership between four EU based organizations. Autism in Pink has been setup to conduct research into autism and females. The project hopes to establish based upon research the needs of women with autism so appropriate support and educational opportunities may be provided.
Autism in Pink (Documentary)
Lance was a man who feared leaving his own home, but he began a journey no one believed was possible. He has now travelled over 25,000 miles in his life-long passion for beer breweries. He has been embraced by presidents and CEOs in America’s beer brewing industry for his passion for their art and to raise awareness of autism. Lance has a photographic memory and a passion for beer brewing, and has for years wanted to visit breweries to write a book. He keeps a growing collection of beer cans cataloged carefully, from all of the brewery brands that he can get his hands on. Some call him the “Rain Man of Beer”.
Lance’s message of hope has reached more than 2.5 million people. He overcame anxiety and showed real courage as he visited the breweries on his journey, remarking, “Your dreams can come true with positive thinking.” Jean Rice-Watson, Lance’s mom, comments, “I’ve been waiting for thirty years, for him to go on to do this.” Aaron Rice, Lance’s Nephew, made it his mission to make the nation-wide venture possible.
When Lance was initially diagnosed in the 60’s, Autism was much less understood, and he was considered simply intellectually-cognitively disabled and wasn’t expected to amount to much. Lance’s story is a miracle 50-years in the making.
Music therapy, going to the gym and teaching life skills is all part of the Autism center in Ghana, Africa. Participants of the Autism Awareness Care and Training (AACT) center used to go swimming, but were kicked out of numerous pools. The children can be hyper- or hypo-sensitive, to the point where a single touch may be too much for a child, or for others they may not be comfortable without enough something like a strong hug. Some experience difficulties with textures of food, so their diet may be very limited, and all of these things can create behavioral difficulties such as trouble with sound and/or lighting. It can be especially difficult for the children with autism to communicate about these difficulties, and so it is expressed in behavior. The country’s government does not financially support the center, which is one more great challenge for their work.
In Ghana, there is sometimes the cultural view that having a child with autism is a family curse. Worse still, the mother of an autism child can be viewed as a witch and shunned by her community. This can in part be compared to when in the United States parents of children with autism were once thought to be bad parents by experts of psychological establishment, like with “refrigerator moms“.
Serwah Quaynor is the founder and executive director of AACT. Ms. Quaynor is a mother of a child with autism. She once lived in the United States, but returned to Ghana in the late 1990’s with a commitment to help the children in there who have autism. She has her master’s degree in special education and speech pathology.
What is life like for people with autism in Russia? Not good at all. They can be deprived of their homes, or even basic rights. Parents are told to send autistic children away to institutions. This documentary uncovers the lives and struggles of several Russians with autism.
Many parents have struggled in the fight for autism insurance coverage and treatment rights. Ava’s Story is about a young girl who presented symptoms of a more severe form of autism spectrum disorder. Her mother Anna Bullard fought hard for her daughter’s autism treatments and went on a quest to understand Applied Behavior Analysis and ended up paying countless thousands of dollars. Ava went from an individual who was non-verbal and only eating when 101 Dalmatians the cartoon movie was playing to a verbally expressive young lady after intensive autism behavior treatments.
Ms. Bullard currently works with the Early Autism Project as the Director of Community Outreach. The organization serves kids with autism spectrum disorder ages 18 months to 21-years old.
This is the story of Flo and Kay who are the world’s only female twins with autism who are also savants. Both Flo and Kay have extraordinary memories of facts and dates. This forty-five minute documentary introduced the audience to their unique lives and presents an interesting story worth watching.
“Autie: The Story of a Thing Without a Name” is a documentary about autism, autism rights and neurodiversity in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was previously screened at the London Eco Film Festival in 2013, but is now available to watch in it’s entirety online:
Here’s a 27-minute documentary produced by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Bodega. “I Want to Say” tells the story of a newly adopted Autism Speaks initiative called ‘Hacking Autism.’ This video journals the lives of several children with autism, their parents and the issues they all face.
Here’s BBC’s Horizon 2014 video, “Living With Autism,” hosted by world renowned Uta Frith.
Uta is a pioneering developmental psychologist who began her training in the 1960’s, whose passion and dedication over a career studying autism has helped countless others understand it better.