Autism and Me is a one-off documentary giving a rare insight into Autism, a condition often misunderstood. Through the personal testimonies and experiences of Irish children, teenagers and young adults on the spectrum we are afforded a rare opportunity to see life from the perspectives of those living with autism.
We hear directly from a range of diverse and engaging participants about what living with autism is like and about how they feel they are perceived by the rest of the world. Among the participants is autism advocate, Adam Harris, 22, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Drawing on his own experiences, Adam has set up AsIAm, an organisation that supports people with autism and educates the public about the condition. Niamh Biddulph who at 19 strives each day to become an independent adult and dreams of going to college and having a family. Hughie Malone, 11, wonders what all the fuss is about? Why is society obsessed with the words like “disorder” and “normal”? And Fiacre Ryan aged 16 who is non verbal. Since his parents discovered an experimental method of communication called RPM in 2013, Fiacre has at last found a way to express his thoughts and feelings. His revelations continue to astonish his family and school.
This touching and inspiring documentary is directed by Liam McGrath, edited by Gretta Ohle and Produced by Christine Thornton and Mark Warren with Firebrand Productions. We handled all of the picture and sound post production with sound editing by Katie O’Mahony, Dubbing mixing by Aza Hand, Nik Panteris graded the documentary and the online editing was by Alan O’Sullivan.
Autism and Me is on RTE One on Monday 13th March at 9.35pm and will shortly be available on the RTE player for a limited time.