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HBO Airs Follow up to 2007 Documentary About Teens With Autism

On Tuesday, April 28, HBO aired Autism: The Sequel, a follow-up to the 2007 documentary Autism: The Musical, which followed five kids with autism as they created, rehearsed, and performed a musical theater production. One group member was Henry Stills, whose mother, Kristin Stills, served as an executive producer. In a guest article this month for The Hollywood Reporter, Kristin Stills discussed the 40-minute follow-up documentary, which highlights the progress the participants have made over the past 12 years. In her article, Stills observed that stories of inspiration and perseverance are more vital now than ever due to the fear and anxiety of the Coronavirus pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed all of our lives to varying degrees,” Stills writes. “But for many of the spectrum parents whom I remain in close contact with, it's important to take a closer look at what life looks like at home for our children. A friend recently told me that she had to install a new alarm on her home's back door after her son was found ringing their neighbors' doorbell at 2:30 a.m. in search of pizza. It's a sweet anecdote, but the implications of a big guy with a flashlight roaming the neighborhood in the wee hours can make a parent's blood turn to ice with nightmares of potentially negative consequences.” On a more positive note, Stills wrote that her own son, diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, has drawn on his creativity and imagination to entertain his younger children with bedtime stories while dressed as a knight. “As our nation perseveres and unites against a terrifying pandemic, it's important to remember that miracles can happen and there is never an absolute when it comes to our future,” Stills writes. “There is no crystal ball in life that will tell us exactly what any journey will look like. There is, however, a process of survival that we can focus on, rather than fixating on the end result…as my son has shown me, hope can get us through anything.” Source:


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