The Autistic Me part 6 of 6

A BBC documentary about 3 men with varying degrees of autism trying to escape the limbo between childhood and adulthood. Oli has “high functioning” autism and is desperate to be employed. Alex has Asperger’s syndrome and he’s looking for love. Tom is a young man with an autism spectrum disorder and he just wants to be like other people his own age. Overall the documentary presents a powerful picture of the struggles these young men face in overcoming their disorder.

More of The Autistic Me

Mac’s Story

My name is Mac and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 5th grade. Much of elementary school I spent frustrated and angry at my inability to understand my peers and converse with them. The diagnosis finally gave me a reason for my struggle; it galvanized me to work hard in trying to learn how to imitate and eventually understand the behavior of other people. It also helped when I started playing the “World of Warcraft” video game. When playing this game, I could see how people conversed in text form and was able to take the time to edit my responses without the awkwardness of making eye contact or the pressure to respond quickly. I began to improve socially and soon found I had made some good friends who understood I had difficulty, but thought no less of me. Though I now was able to talk to others, I still found it stressful. Something that has helped is my archery, which has taught me to keep calm and not let emotion get to me. I am currently a sophomore in a charter high school. Many of the negative symptoms that once plagued me have either disappeared from view or [...] continue the story

Kevin Salzman-Beyond Borders

Kevin was born with Cerebral Palsy. Doctors said he would have trouble accomplishing anything. Kevin has proven them wrong and graduated from University and now has major goals for the future.