said, "Autism is not a mental illness. It's not
contagious, and it's not a choice; and while kids
with autism have been described as living in their
own private worlds. They are also living in our world.
Therein lies the challenge for all of us: How do we
live differently together?"
Worlds: Kids and Autism begins with the story
of Andrew, a severely autistic fifth grader. It's
difficult to understand what life is like for Andrew
because he can't communicate his feelings. His family
can't go places or do things with out considering
his needs, or without worrying he might do something
inappropriate in public.
Though Andrew will never get entirely better, the
family is doing what it can to make his life as full
as possible. The special also introduces viewers to
Bond, a 15-year-old with
Aspergers Syndrome, generally considered a more high
functioning form of autism. He's smart and articulate,
but still has problems socialising.
Grandin tells her amazing story through her books
about being autistic, and implores kids not to tease
their autistic classmates. Matt is 14 and has Savant
Syndrome, which means that he possesses an extraordinary
gift, in his case, the ability to play the piano.
Savant syndrome is rare, but it happens. A final segment
highlights how other kids can be a part of the lives
and worlds of kids with autism.