In 1980, autism was a relatively rare disorder, diagnosed in one in 10,000 children in the United States. Today, it is one in 150. “Autism: The Musical” — which appeared on HBO in 2007, winning two Emmys — counters the bleak statistics with acting coach Elaine Hall’s optimistic pledge to lead a group of autistic children in defying diagnosed expectations by writing, rehearsing, and performing their own full-length musical. Following five Los Angeles children — including Elaine’s own son, Neal — over the course of six months, director Tricia Regan captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives and observes how the musical production gives these performers a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative sides.
With subject Elaine “Coach E” Hall, founder of the Miracle Project, and subject Jeffrey Frymer.
Five young adults on the spectrum — who were featured 12 years ago in "Autism: The Musical" — navigate their early 20s, providing an answer to their families' worried question: What will happen when my kid grows up?