Best Kept Secret | 2013

Documentary
Four young, autistic men are followed for a year and a half as they approach graduation from a high school for students with special needs and prepare for life in the adult world.
Director: Samantha Buck
Writers: Zeke Farrow
Stars: N/A

Synopsis

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate in the spring of 2012, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Here, we follow 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.

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