The three teenagers who have Asperger’s Syndrome were able to eloquently explain how the syndrome affects their daily lives….The approach throughout the DVD is positive and I particularly appreciated the emphasis on the strengths and abilities, personality and humour of teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome. This DVD will help teenagers who have Asperger’s Syndrome to acquire greater self-understanding and self-acceptance. I recommend that this well produced documentary should be used by clinicians, parents and high schools.
The Asperger’s Difference is an emotionally moving DVD featuring actual teens and young adults with Asperger Syndrome. They help us to understand both the challenges and strengths of those with AS in a way that allow us to feel their struggle and appreciate their tremendous talents. This excellent DVD would be helpful to students with AS trying to better understand themselves and for all their peers and staff to gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to have AS. I highly recommend this DVD to all school systems and those working with individuals with AS.
Jed Baker, Ph.D.Author, Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Director, Social Skills Training Project - Social Skills Training Project
The Asperger’s Difference is a remarkable resource for the AS community. The interviews and narration portray assets and challenges in a matter-of-fact and well-balanced manner. The individuals in the video are articulate, but not scripted or “phony.” The information is presented in brief, visually-supported sections, an approach that matches the learning styles of many individuals with AS. Most importantly, the content is optimistic without becoming unrealistically glowing. The Asperger’s Difference is “must view” for adolescents and young adults with AS, as well as for their families, school teams, and employers.
Teresa Bolick, Ph.D.Author, Asperger’s Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World
The honesty, vulnerability and forthrightness of the kids really touched me. They weren’t afraid to share their challenges and fears, but were also confident about who they are and willing to talk to others about their needs and challenges. They don’t seem let their diagnoses hold them back and are not shy about participating in activities that put them in the spotlight, such as acting and singing. But they also realize when they need time apart from others and give themselves that break from the social world. I think this DVD will really help others gain a personal insight into Asperger’s and will help those without the diagnosis understand and accommodate kids with Asperger’s.
Robin GurleyManaging Editor, The Advocate, Autism Society of America
This video would have been very helpful to me in high school…I also really like the way the video presented the positive side of being an “Aspie.” This is a fantastic video, and it should be used in schools across the nation.
Temple Grandin, PhDF.A.S. Scientist, Author, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, and Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism.
The Asperger’s Difference resonates with what is true for all adolescents and what is uniquely true for those with Asperger Syndrome. The movie’s powerful message is more incisive because we hear it in the words of young people with Asperger Syndrome. It will surely make a difference for anyone with Asperger’s. I would want this movie on the required viewing list for those in the educational or healthcare world working with adolescents — most especially those working with youth with Asperger Syndrome.