The Boy Inside: A Journey Into Autism

Guest Blog: This blog entry was contributed by the Developmental Disabilities Association’s Director of Community Programs, Deanne Ziebart.

Last Saturday, I attended an event called: Beyond the Definitions; Understanding Autism & Asperger’s Through Film and Conversation.

The event started with a screening of the award winning The Boy Inside, which documents the struggles of a boy and his family as they deal with his Asperger’s both at home and in school. This family receives respite services from DDA and certainly documents the great need for respite services and family support to help families cope with a child with a disability.

After the film, 6 youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) formed a panel and related what it was like for them and took questions and answers from the audience. The main themes that came through were that people have a better chance of succeeding if school and other environments can be adapted to their learning needs. It was also a struggle for many to make and maintain friendships, but having education from classroom teachers about integration and educating peers about ASD can make an enormous difference to someone’s ability to be included and belong.



Adam_and_momPhotos courtesy of The Boy Inside

The Boy Inside is now available in over 600 schools across BC and has an accompanying study guide for classroom teachers. It has also been produced with subtitles in Chinese and Punjabi.

If you know of a family that is struggling with the demands of caregiving and could use respite services or family support, please contact us at or call us at 604.233.5433.


One Response to The Boy Inside: A Journey Into Autism

  1. Jeanette says:

    What a beautiful peek into your private window

    which can be hidden away and for your eyes only.

    I thank you again! Your film gave me a deeper understanding of Aspergers Syndrome. My brother has a son who has been diagnosed with Aspergers approximaty 3 years ago, I think. Mhy brother shared this joy with me about 2 years ago, I think..

    I live in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. I have Austar, that is cable in your world. I saw your film. I was mesmerised by the intense reality that was not demonstrated or practised but filmed by you, Ma and Pa. You are awesome!
    You and your Husband are two great Angels. The universe wouldn’t have blessed you with a great joy if you couldn’t handle it, what do you think? I could keep prating on but time is getting away. I loved the bit ‘there is no future, there is no past, there is now, right (f*ckin*) now! Love It.

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