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Asperger’s - Oops, Wrong Planet!

Synopsis
This documentary explores how the Asperger world, once a solitary, cut-off place, has entered the mainstream of modern life, thanks to the increasing importance of digital technology. It also shows how this has posed challenges for the majority, who often find people with Asperger syndrome hard to work with. It offers a glimpse into the lives of people with Asperger syndrome and those who work with them, and also explores the idea that some of the great minds of the past such as Isaac Newton, Andy Warhol and Hans Christian Andersen, had Asperger syndrome.

Finally, it looks at Dr. James Watson’s attempt to eradicate the autism gene from our future gene pool, and asks whether his success would eradicate the genes of a valuable part of our population. (60 minutes)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2009
Subjects
Psychology; Social welfare
Keywords
Asperger’s syndrome; clinical psychology; genetics

Online availability

URI
http://www.teachers.tv/video/38214
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Distributor

Name

Teachers’ TV

Email
info@teachers.tv
Web
http://www.teachers.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7182 7430
Address
6-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN
Notes
Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/teacherstv

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