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Touched by Autism
ARTIST STATEMENT Autism affects one in every 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Take into consideration that the average American family has two kids or more. That means that even MORE siblings are affected than those that are diagnosed! The stars of "Touched By Autism" are friends of Mia: Christian Baker is one of her friends who is part of her Sibling Group and Paul Mikulskis is a classmate of hers who she's known for years and attends Boston Latin School. Autism changes lives: those affected by autism would not be as compassionate, as patient, or as open to anybody's situation as they just naturally have to become when touched by autism. Anyone who is touched by autism is left a different person. "Touched By Autism" is to serve as an eye-opener that makes people more aware to the fact that autism doesn't just affect the person diagnosed: it affects every single person the autistic person meets. More than that, it affects the people closest to them: in their family and in age, the closest would be their siblings. Outsiders most times forget about how autism affects the siblings and this video is to enlighten others to remember everyone that is affected. The siblings, besides the diagnosed, are those that are affected by autism the most.
Handicap Isn't a Barrier
Check out the children of the ANPS, who are truly inspiring with their skills and their kindness. We, Dounia Project Participants, have produced this video to show people around the world and their communities that handicapable teens are courageous, smart, and ambition persons, who have dreams and hopes just like all other kids their age. During several weeks, We were honored to interact and establish friendly relationship with students of the Moroccan Association for the Hearing Impaired (ANPS), who have welcomed us with open heart and tons of smiles! And have we learned a lot! Most importantly, Kawtar, Khadija, Khalid, and Marwan showed us that A handicap isn't an obstacle to success, and that if you work hard towards your goals, nothing will stop you from reaching them, not even a difference that others consider a disability! Credits should also go to : Erwaoui marwan Khaliid Idbali Motasdik Kawtar Inawi Khadija And the Staff of the ANPS, who made it all possible.
Painting My Fate
This traditional multi-plane animation is about the power of creativity: a kid, from a young age is trained to be an assassin but is aspired by an arts school next door. He escapes the life others wanted for him to embrace the life he wants and creativity is his prevailing weapon.
We chose the topic of teen to parent relationships to focus on because we wanted to show how important teens and parents’ relationships really are. We wanted to show that parents’ roles in teens’ lives are necessary in order for teens to graduate from high school and become successful individuals. According to the statistics that we researched, teens without parents are twice as likely to drop out of school, become drug addicts or engage in sexual activity at an early age. Children who die from abuse or neglect or poverty are usually parentless. We want our peers to know that it is important to have a good relationship with their parents. We used statistics and individual interviews of teens that have distinguished relationships with their parents. The interviewees weren’t afraid to show their true emotions, which helped get the message across. Although the students were sensitive towards the topic, they were still willing to be openly honest and show true emotion because they know the importance of the issue as we do. We want others to see that the relationship between a parent and a teen is important because it influences us on whether we will be come strong individuals in the future and be successful or not. We want others to make an effort on improving their relationship between either their parents, or their own kids. We learned that every student responded differently, yet they still felt it was a strong topic. We also learned some interesting stories about our peers.
App of the Week - National Geographic Kids
National Geographic for Kids is produced with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The iPad edition provides an independent reading experience for kids because it embraces interactivity and allows kids to intuitively understand and navigate through the content.
Why Is It Funny?
A short documentary that asks why middle school age students make fun of homosexuality and make gay jokes. Artist's statement: "What brought me to this subject was that my ELA teacher was encouraging us to do a lot of social justice projects and I was interested in the topics of homosexuality and suicide among teens. I wanted to find out why kids always made fun of these issues. They talked about them like they were jokes or like they were nothing. I decided to narrow down my documentary because I was worried about what people would think and say if I was asking about suicide. It’s a really sensitive issue. After making this movie, I’m hoping that people will understand that it’s okay to make jokes but you shouldn’t take things too far. By making jokes about homosexuality, you cross the line and can hit a nerve by hurting someone’s feelings and putting them down."
A short film about two friends who argue when one blames the other without really thinking things through. Artist's Statement: "We first wanted to make a movie about bullies and randomness. But then we decided to make something about false accusations after it just popped into our heads. Kids are always accusing other people of things and threatening them. People who watch our movie should think and get proof before they blame someone."
Gaia - Cinequest 2010
GAIA is a short animation that shows a heroine named Gaia that saves a city from a very bad villain from polluting the beautiful city of Adobia. Gaia ﬁghts oﬀ the evil villain Stinkman, because he is polluting the city with his trash powers. Gaia ﬂies and cleans up the city from the trash of Stinkman. Gaia enlists the help from the kids to help keep clean the city of Adobia.