(Study Guide) Alone in a Crowded Room

Alone in a Crowded Room explores the line between ability and disability and takes us beyond our preconceptions of one of the most mysterious and challenging disorders of our time. It tells the stories of four adults with Autism. When they meet at an Autism social picnic they share stories about love, family, work and friendship. We examine their difficulties with perception, empathy, emotion, and the practicalities of daily life and get an insight into a world that has often been described as unreachable.

The film is relevant to school children from Year 9 to Year 12 and provides an opportunity for the classroom teacher to explore a range of issues that challenge all students. It raises issues of belonging, relationships and acceptance of difference and creates an excellent environment in which students can explore their own feelings towards their school experience and the acceptance of others.

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