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Twin Brothers, World’s Apart – Kevin Healey’s Autism/Asperger Film & Book

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May 13, 2011
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A Film about Aspergers & Autism Kevin, who has Asperger syndrome decided to write a book based on his experiences and those of his identical twin brother Shaun, who has autism. Kevin Healey, who has Asperger’s syndrome, decided to write a book based on his experiences and those of his identical twin brother Shaun, who has autism. The book, Twin Brothers Worlds Apart, was published 15 months ago with proceeds being split between the charity Kevin founded, Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) and the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. Kevin, 35, said: “As a person with autism, I feel that autism has never been portrayed correctly”. All the autism films show adults on the high functioning end of the spectrum, and adults with genius savant abilities, like Dustin Hoffman in the film the Rain Man. My twin can’t communicate – he is locked in a world of his own, he can’t even tell you if he feels ill, or if he is in pain. On one occasion we nearly lost my twin with double pneumonia because the health bodies thought and assumed he was OK. There have been other instances where people have not accepted my twin because of his condition, maybe because they don’t understand him. Even though I love my twin so dearly, I have never been able to communicate with him because he does not understand, and for a twin that is incredibly hard. Most twins grow up playing together and enjoy the social aspects of life such as going out, and we have not been able to do this. I didn’t get

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