Independent Lens

"It's Not You, It's the Autism Speaking"

Clip: Season 18 Episode 3 | 2m 40s

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, Michelle Smith, a legally blind young woman on autism spectrum, confronts a former teacher who meant well but had low expectations for Michelle's future. From her perspective the teacher saw her as someone with a disability who needed to be "fixed," who treated her as a child rather than a quirky individual.

Aired: 01/02/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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