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Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts

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Catalogue Number:  PR3136
Producer:  Passion River Films
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Learning Disabilities, Psychology, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  62:00

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Autism: Disability or Gift? Generation APortraits of Autism and the Arts is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential.

Through eight compelling portraits, Generation A celebrates the talents of youths with autism, and provides them with a platform to speak openly about their struggles, as well as their hopes and dreams.   

Viewers will examine how creative therapies and art programs in music, dance, art, animation, and more are being applied to stimulate the brain, encourage meaningful connections and social interaction, enhance speech and language, and build self-esteem.  

Featuring interviews youth on the autism spectrum and experts including:

  • Dr. Temple Grandin, best-selling author and TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World". Subject of HBO's Temple Grandin (Starring Claire Danes)
  • Dr. Stephen Shore, author, Beyond the Wall, Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome 
  • Ed Asner, Emmy Award winning actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and autism spokesperson 
  • Joanne Lara, MA, founder, Autism Movement Therapy, Technical Advisor/Autism Consultant for FOX’s Touch (Kiefer Sutherland)
  •  Anshu Batra, MD., F.A.A.P Board Certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician


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