Documentaries help the public understand autism

A story in last Tuesday’s LA Times highlights three documentaries that attempt to put faces on autism.

With estimates of children with an autism disorder running as high as one in
166, several new documentaries — Autism Every Day, Autism: The Musical and Her Name Is Sabine — are attempting to broaden the public’s understanding of the condition.

One of the documentaries — Autism: The Musical — has been getting lots of positive reviews since its HBO premiere on Tuesday. Autism: The Musical is the story of five children with autism and a woman who leads them in performing their own musical. If you missed the premiere, Autism: The Musical is available in its entirety online, at I haven’t seen (okay, heard) it myself yet, but the reviews are so compelling, I may give it a try this weekend.


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