Its lively presentation uses cartoons, interviews and slideshows to explore the concept of Asperger's syndrome from the perspective of young people. It draws on their experiences of difficulties with relationships, social events, bullying and, for example, issues around coping with different flavours and textures of food on the same plate... With a running time of 30 minutes, it is short enough to sustain interest and it uses this time most effectively to stimulate follow up discussion.
I felt that the style and simple information geiven was most appropriate for the education of a young, non-Asperger audience... The young people were very articulate, likeable and not obviously different which meant that they were the ideal ambassadors for Aspergers. One young man expressed how he felt relatively normal and that it was uncomfortable to be associated with the more 'abnormal and weird' images of aspergers. This is an extremely valid point and it is the portrayal of aspergers as almost subnormal that essentially excludes the more 'normal' people with aspergers from engaging in any help that is available. The interview section of the DVD was full of snippets which I felt really represented what it means to have aspergers and I particularly liked what one young man said, 'the world is a beautiful place... the people who are running it and the people yu meet sometimes are idiots' as this sounds like something my own son might say...I thinkthat this DVD is ideal for a young person who is newly diagnosed and has never heard of aspergers or as a tool to educate neuro-typical children.