Documentary by Dan Habib. 13 min.

Thasya Lumingkewas, 8, has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, NH. The school has implemented Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This film highlights the power of “presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication” (D. Habib).

Thaysa by Dan Habib

For Safekeeping

For Safekeeping. 20 min.*

Produced by The Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc. A training video for emergency responders. Some of the language in this video is outdated, but the parent-child interviews make watching it very worthwhile. They give a look at persons with a range of autism spectrum conditions.

*NOTE: see 6:18-13:16 of this 20 min training video for the parent/child interviews.

For Safekeeping

Adapting to the Possibilities of Life Autism

Donald Rosenstein MD. 5 min.

Dr Rosenstein’s son has severe autism spectrum disorder.

Adapting to the Possibilities of Life

Autism For African American Families

Produced by SmallWorldSpecialNeeds in 2015.  Parent interviews with children present. Important information for practitioners and families provided at the end of the films.

Part 1: Wondering and Worrying  12 min.

Part 2: Families and Feelings  9 min.

99 Balloons

6 min.

Elliot has Trisomy 18.

99 Balloons

Up Syndrome

9 min.

Documentary about Rene who has Down syndrome.

Up Syndrome

Thumbs Down to Pity

Benjamin Snow. 2 min.

Teenager with cerebral palsy makes his own video.

Thumbs Down to Pity

Example of Inclusion done well
at the Henderson School in
Boston, MA. 1999 and 2013:

By federal law public schools must offer full inclusion for individuals if it is approved in the child’s education plan. However, the Henderson K-12 Public School offers ONLY a full inclusion model for all its students, with or without disabilities.  In 2014 it expanded to K-12. See these two clips for its beginnings:

In 1999 as an elementary school called The Patrick O’Hearn School:

“Dateline” with Jane Pauley and Katie Couric. 13 min.

Operation Housecall Inclusion

And in 2013 now renamed as the William Henderson School, and as one of the top achieving schools in the state,  this short documentary produced by SWIFT:

15 min.

Caring for Kevin, WBUR

Institutionalized since childhood, Kevin Fitzgerald was losing his sight and saw little more than shadows. He’s awaiting cataract surgery — a fairly simple procedure that generally takes 30 minutes in the OR. But for Kevin, with a fear of doctors and his unpredictable behavior related to his diagnosis of autism, the procedure isn’t simple at all. It’s not simple for his risk-taking surgeon either. His story raises the question: can this patient with disability get the same level of care as the rest of us? (WBUR May 2013)

12 min

Full story with video

Channel 5, June 27, 2012, “Life with Down Syndrome”

Here are two reports from the Channel 5 series done on Down Syndrome in 2012.  In the first report Dr Brian Skotko discusses the “Earlier, Easier Down Syndrome Test” and reviews the accuracy, availability and ethical issues in this new blood testing available for diagnosing Down syndrome in first weeks of a pregnancy.  7min:

In the second report Channel 5 interviews Melanie McLaughlin who recounts her experience when learning about a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Dr Skotko talks about supports post birth, including medical interventions. 5.26 min:


The My Great Story Project by the NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) My Great Story Video Project featured 10 short videos based on submitted stories to the NDSS My Great Story public awareness campaign.  Filmed by Melanie Perkins McLaughlin the series aims to ignite a new way of thinking about people with Down syndrome by sharing stories written by and about them. This is My Great Story: Isaiah. 4 min.:


Dear Future Mom

This 2014 video postcard was created after a future mom wrote in to ask: What should I expect if my child has Down syndrome? The video postcard came out on World Down Syndrome Day, March 2014 and is a message from 15 young people around the world: 2.28 min.:


The Importance of Research and Down Syndrome

Frank Stephens, a self advocate who has Down Syndrome, speaks to committees in Washington DS during the Down Syndrome NIH Research Funding Appeals, February, 2017.  Listen to why research about Down Syndrome benefits all.  9.36 min.: