The special follows the lives of Kenny and Brad Benjamin, two brothers who have both been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Because those living on the autism spectrum are often stereotyped by society, this episode aims to personalize and explore the reality of two autistic individuals and what it means to live life as an autistic person.
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Kenny and Brad experience many typical young-adult things, like getting a new place to live, finding work, and looking for relationships. In the episode, we’ll also see them do things like seek out their driver’s licenses, take steps to be autonomous, and host a dinner party. The docu-special is meant to be uplifting and eye-opening.
The Centers for Disease Control has a new report that says one out of every 68 kids is now identified as having autism. To give a little bit of a basic understanding on autism, the CDC also explains, “[P]eople with ASD [Autism spectrum disorder] may communicate, interact, behave and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.”
So remember to mark your calendars for “True Life Presents: The Benjamins,” and keep checking MTV Act this month for ways to take action for autism awareness!
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