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The Words Within: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV407
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Learning Disabilities, Psychology, Sociology, Special Education
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  30:00

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It's a lifelong disorder with no known cause or cure. Autism spectrum disorder affects approximately one in 150 children in North America - and the rates of diagnosis are steadily rising. Despite its prevalence, the disorder has long remained a mystery to all but those afflicted. Part of the reason why medical experts still don't know how to prevent or treat it is because the disorder inhibits a person's ability to communicate or develop social relationships. Now, a 13-year-old girl from Toronto is offering a rare glimpse into the secret world of autism and has become a symbol of hope for parents and families coping with an autistic child. Carly Fleischmann is unable to speak a single syllable. But two years ago, she defied the odds and started typing words with the help of specialized computer software.

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