Alexandra Jackman has created “A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism,” which encourages teenagers to understand and accept peers who have autism spectrum disorder. The film focuses on the positive aspects of autism and includes individuals on the spectrum and their families. In the video, Jackman asks middle school students and teachers “What is Autism?” She also speaks to the founder of Autism Family Times, parents of children with Autism, an Autism educator and a well respected doctor specializing in autism.
Her video is geared towards teens, but is relatable to all ages on the basics of how to accept and understand those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Of her film she has said “Maybe if they (middle schoolers) see someone with special needs, they won’t be so afraid to talk with them. For a lot of people, if they don’t understand something, they can be afraid.” Also participating in the film is Adrienne Robertiello, an autism mom, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital and Board member of Autism Family Times. Adrienne steers collaborative initiatives to facilitate the awareness and participation of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families in community settings.
On February 9th at 8pmE, we go live on the air with Alexandra and Adrienne to discuss this incredible film and what they have learned about how teens relate to other teens and adults with autism once they are educated. We will be joined by two middle school girls who will watch the video for the first time and give us their reaction to what they have learned and if it changed their view of teens with special needs.