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What is Autism - Listen as 2 typical teens watch the video about autism

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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 doctor. She highlights children of all ages w Autism and features adults as well. 

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, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital and Board member of Autism Family Times with Brianna. Ms. Robertiello steers collaborative initiatives to facilitate the awareness and participation of children with ASD and their families in community settings.