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It’s a Different World

It's a Different World follows the lives of three autistic children over the course of two years, documenting their changing perspective on what being autistic means to them.
December 14, 2007


It’s a Different World follows the lives of three autistic children, Scott (11), Stephen (10), and Katie Turner (10) over the course of two years, documenting their changing perspective on what being autistic means to them.

Although Scott and Stephen are high-functioning, during the course of the film Stephen becomes increasingly uncomfortable about his autism. By contrast, Scott is a humorous contradiction in his efforts to define himself, wanting desperately to fit the stereotypical image of an autistic child since he’s clearly not a neurotypical or ‘normal’ kid. While she is not as high-functioning as her brothers, Katie in some ways is the success story of the film, making huge leaps and bounds with her communication and socialization skills.

The film is a captivating glimpse into three different faces of autism, and viewers can expect to have some of their preconceptions shattered.

Producer, director, writer, DP: Ramona Persaud
Editor, sound: Bruce Lapointe
Rights available: All rights, worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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