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BEST KEPT SECRET: Aging Out with Autism
*WINNER! Sundance Documentary Fund Grant, 2012
Audience Award, Independent Film Festival of Boston, 2013
Best of Fest, AFI DOCS, Washington, DC, 2013
"A terrific documentary. BEST KEPT SECRET inspires me to continue to fight for those with autism." Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey
JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever.
BEST KEPT SECRET follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world - a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.