Newsround’s special program about living with autism has won Best Factual Program at the 2013 International Emmy Kids Awards. ‘My Autism and Me’ looks at what it’s like to live with autism, a condition that affects the way you live your life and see the world around you.
Thirteen- year- old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what its like to grow up with autism. With the help of beautifully crafted animation, Rosie introduces other children who have the condition: Tony who gets totally obsessed with things but struggles to make friends, Ben, who has suffered from terrible bullying, and Rosie’s own brother Lenny, who turns the house upside- down daily to try and make sense of things. These children tell their own stories, in their own words to give a vivid and moving insight into what its like to have autism.
Rosie, the film’s presenter, told Newsround it was really good to win the award and wanted to thank the other boys who feature in the film. Rosie was born with autism, and says even though living with it is hard, it makes her unique and who she is.