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Selected Film:

A Life with Asperger's

Selected Film:

A Life with Asperger's

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About the Filmmaker

Jaime Ekkens has worked for some of the biggest names in television and media in New York including Yahoo!, Hearst, CBS News, Nickelodeon, Refinery 29, ABC and NBC Sports. Having received a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2007, she moved to New York City and successfully pursued her MFA in Computer Arts at The School of Visual Arts. Her independent short films have been screened in international film festivals all over the globe and won numerous awards both in New York, Los Angeles and abroad.

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Creative Arts exercises:

  • Draw the parts of yourself that make you different from the rest
  • The narrator discusses how he wishes he had been better dealing with or acknowledging his differences from others. What do you perceive are your big differences from others and do you think of these differences as positive or negative or somewhere in between?
  • Draw a large self-portrait, while thinking about your differences and similarities with others. Share the drawing and the discussion of differences with a friend or loved one.

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Helpful and so creative!

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  2. wordsmith553

    Beautiful and important. His descriptions of his experience are central to understanding those on either side of a diagnosis. It’s a big endeavor to make memorable the experiences of people who are not like oneself.

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  3. julia

    I liked the way he described his difficulties. He was aware of how he was different, and learnt to accept it. Was impressed with his fortitude, in his uncertain world.

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  4. Christine

    I love it. Thank you. The visuals explain so much better than words. What the artist has to say is honest, though not negative. (There’s too much negativity everywhere about Asperger’s.) Going to show my Aspie son who also loves to draw. I’m not going to blow smoke up his ass and tell him life gets so much easier, but I am trying to encourage accepting and dealing with who you are, which is what this artist is doing.

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  5. Anonymous

    I have a friend that has 3 sons with Asperbergers. I now better understand that I asked them way too many questions. I also understand why I had to ask the questions more then once and in doing so, probably caused stress!!

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  6. Melissa A Martin

    Thank you for sharing this. I only wish it were longer! I will send it to my sister for my nephew who I think had aspergers. I felt his loneliness and his fortitude. I’m glad he could share his experience with us.

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  7. Joy

    I loved it! Showing the young boy and grown man with bubbles was very effective in helping me better understand Aspergers Syndrome. Thank you!

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