Program Contents: 62 minute DVD
Copyright Date: 2008
The 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.
"Highly Recommended. Details the difficulties that families are faced with in learning the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and offers an understanding of the world of Asperger's. It is a film filled with hope. Highly recommended for anyone who knows someone with an autism spectrum disorder." Educational Media Reviews Online
Awards & Conference Screenings
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
COMMFFEST Community Film Festival