Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  62 minutes
Date:  2008
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Black and White
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Two Worlds - One Planet

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This documentary brings Autism syndrome out of the shadows, stressing that young people with developmental disabilities can learn and grow, if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected.

Two Worlds - One Planet

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.

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** Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
** COMMFFEST Community Film Festival


Main credits

Levin, Gail (film director)
Reinking, Ann (film producer)
Sweet, O. Robin (film producer)

Other credits

Editing, Pascal Akesson; original music: Andrea Perry.

Distributor credits

By Gail Levin, Ann Reinking, and O. Robin Sweet

Docuseek2 subjects

Asperger and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Needs Education
Youth Issues

Distributor subjects

Developmental Disabilities
Disabilities and Parenting
Fanlight Collection
High School Use
Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work
US and Canadian Broadcast Rights


Film; Video; Documentary; DVD; Asperger; Asperger Syndrome; Austism; Austism Spectrum; Developemental Disabilities; Disability; Education; School; K-12; Pervasive Development Disorder; Learning Style; Curriculum; Students; "Two Worlds One Planet"; The Fanlight Collection

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