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INSPIRING PROJECTS BY
INSPIRED PEOPLE

Autism Advocacy

Alexandra Jackman

Westfield, NJ | 16

2016 AWARD RECIPIENT

Helping increase acceptance of people with special needs excites and energizes me!

In 2012 Alexandra Jackman developed a 14-minute documentary titled, “A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism.” This unique, experiential film addresses common misconceptions about autism, while using visual and auditory effects to help viewers experience the challenges faced by those with special needs. In a vivid and accessible way, Alexandra shares the value of neurodiversity and encourages a deeper understanding of the autism diagnosis. Alexandra’s film rapidly gained recognition and is now presented in schools and hospitals as an educational and anti-bullying tool. The film won awards at 10 film festivals including the World Humanitarian Film Festival and the Queens International Film Festival, and is used by Alexandra as a platform to speak about acceptance throughout the country.