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Diversity Guide

Resources to promote awareness of and conversation about different kinds of diversity.



For people with special needs, augmentative communication technology is opening the door to fuller expression, better education, and higher self-esteem. This program illustrates the positive impact of augmentative communication technology on the lives of Adam and Mike. Adam, once considered mentally retarded by school staff, has become a college-educated professional—thanks in part to an augmentative device—while the parents of 7-year-old Mike, who does not speak due to autism, believe that technological advances will soon help their son.

Imagine being able to list every country in the world and its capital city, remember what we ate for dinner on 9 March 2002 and every prime number up to 7,507. In this highly personal and emotional film, Horizon discovers how brains that see the world in strikingly different ways are unlocking the secrets of our own minds. Presented by Psychologist Prof Uta Frith, who has devoted 50 years to studying autism, we meet the remarkable characters who have revolutionised our understanding of the human brain.

Putting the puzzle together, one beautiful piece at a time. This film is a genuine and straightforward look into the autism spectrum disorder as told by the families and individuals living with autism daily. Many parents are interviewed including Ruth Sullivan, Ph.D., the mother of a man named Joe who was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman’s autistic character in the movie Rain Man. We also hear from a young woman named Alexis, the first autistic person to run for the title of Miss America. Autistic behaviors such as difficulty communicating, outbursts, etc. are examined in the film, as are the financial and emotional effects on parents. The film looks at young years, discipline, transition into high school and college, employment possibilities, and marriage for people with autism. Narrated by Chandra Wilson.