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Need an autism video break?

Cheryl Cohen
Online Community Director
Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute
May 22, 2014

Over the years, I’ve run into many absorbing, amazing, heartbreaking, and life-affirming films involving individuals with autism, their families, and the world at large. Included in my favorites are the films by Dan Habib, the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. His films deal head-on with issues involving disabilities, inclusion, and abuse. Following are two of his short films.


This short film features Axel, a fifth grader with autism. Though he is non-verbal and has significant behavioral challenges, he is able to learn the fifth grade general education curriculum in a general education classroom.



Thasya features an 8-year old girl with significant challenges who is benefiting from differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication. It helps us understand the importance of presuming competence.

After you’ve watched these films, be sure to learn more about Dan Habib and his films.