In A Different Key | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Tuesday, December 20, 1 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature the film In a Different Key. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the challenges and successes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and how the social model of disability can change how society views Autism, on PBS LearningMedia.

In this film, a mother tracks down the first person ever diagnosed with autism, now an elderly man living in rural Mississippi, to learn if his life story holds promise for her own autistic son. Her journey exposes a startling record of cruelty and kindness alike, framed by forces like race, money and privilege – but leads to hope that more communities are learning to have the backs of people on the spectrum.

PBS LearningMedia

How Can the Social Model of Disability Change How Society Views Autism? | Above the Noise

Grades 6-12
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. So, it’s no surprise that everyone’s brain develops in a unique way. Unfortunately, neurodivergent people, including those with autism spectrum disorder, have historically been viewed through the lens of the medical model. In this view, autism is something that needs to be fixed or cured. The social model of disability turns this around. It focuses more on how society can adapt to fit the needs of the person. In this episode Myles talks to people with autism and explores what acceptance of neurodiversity could look like. Watch and then let us know: How can the social model of disability change how society views autism?

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