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Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Positive Autism Awareness: No Myths PSA

The Florida-based Dan Marino Foundation and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network sponsored the No Myths public service announcement (PSA), which was filmed by Kent Creative in the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. Inside this full-scale replica of the ancient Greek temple, myths about autism are laid to rest by an autistic cast consisting of Ari Ne'eman, Dena Gassner, Ben Liske, and Jacob Pratt.

A captioned version of No Myths is available at http://www.overstream.net/view.php?oid=udtvrbt0rlao

More information can be found at http://www.nomyths.org/ about the film and its production. That site states, "The purpose of the PSA is to tell society that, with the right supports, people with autism can do anything anybody else can do, even if it isn't in the same way." Many thanks to all involved in the making of this excellent PSA, which does a very effective job of dispelling autism myths and stereotypes!

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  • I so looooooove this!!!

    By Blogger Gonzo, at 9:06 PM  

  • I always love the good news. Thank you.

    By Anonymous Maddy, at 11:34 PM  

  • It's great! It's dignified and clear and goes straight to the point.

    Who wouldn't be proud to have the boy on this PSA as their son?

    Has this been broadcast on free-to-air TV anywhere? I'd love to switch on the telly and see this, but as I live in Australia, it seems unlikely.

    By Blogger Lili Marlene, at 3:45 AM  

  • fucking excellent!

    By Blogger David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E., at 5:48 AM  

  • Lovin it!

    By Blogger Mothership Captain, at 9:34 AM  

  • Lili Marlene, as far as I know, it has not yet been broadcast on TV.

    I hope that everyone who loves it will pass the link on to others and get some buzz going!

    By Blogger abfh, at 9:55 AM  

  • ^^A lot of my facebook friends already did that, and the number of bloggers, who posted it is impressive, too.
    I think I'll edit my post to include a link to this. ;)

    By Blogger Gonzo, at 11:23 AM  

  • Well don't expect me to like it just because it is positive, because it is everything I hate in media production. The whole bloody setup looks so Madison Avenue to me, and I hate anything like that.

    I much prefer to challenge stereotypes without using the exact same tools and techniques of the enemy. You could dub a different set of words onto the protagonists and it would look the same as anything produced by Autism Speaks, or any other charity, heck you could even use it to advertise soap.

    Silly poses, schmaltzy background piano tinkle AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Larry Arnold PhD FRSA, at 3:12 PM  

  • Larry, when your upcoming video is released, let me know and I'll feature it on my blog too. The more the merrier.

    By Blogger abfh, at 3:54 PM  

  • Well first off the upcoming video is not *my* video, the director is Nikola Woodbridge, I am just the editor.

    I have to be honest about what I like and what I don't and I know people are likely to accuse me of all sorts over my dislike of the ASAN segment, but I think it is missing something, and in the way it comes over it is a gift to our opponents, you only have to go see what they have said to see why.

    Granted you can't challenge myths in such a slot, but it is in essence no more than an opinionated statement that x y and z are myths because the evidence is not presented is it? In that wise it is no different from any advertisement.

    It also totally avoids a lot of issues regarding the social construction of the condition, contributing rather to a particular perspective, that although I share, I do have to recognise is not the only one. And unless we realise that there are other perspectives we are not going to confront them, as confrontation and denial is not enough in itself.

    By Blogger Larry Arnold PhD FRSA, at 5:04 PM  

  • I enjoyed the video alot.

    By Blogger A better future for all, at 7:38 PM  

  • Here's one AS kid I've worked with for the last four years. When I met him he was seriously depressive and in a total mess. 10 months ago, he picked up a guitar. I never thought he could do this, but he can.

    He found himself. He found a way to express himself. I worked without any pay to keep this child alive, every day of my life, because I knew he was special.All children are. Aspies may be more special than most.

    This is my 14-year old best friend, David, my little Aspie mate, on the guitar. Ten months on from picking up a guitar, four years on from daily pro bono help out of his darkness. He is amazing, and beautiful, and a credit to the neurodiversity community.


    By Blogger Barbara, at 7:27 PM  

  • And here's David again, this time in an interview, talking about his Asperger's Syndrome


    By Blogger Barbara, at 7:33 PM  

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