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"People Are Worth the Effort": Teen Who Created Autism Guide Wins Hero Award

April 18, 2014




Two years ago, Alexandra Jackman, a teenager from Westfield, New Jersey, created a video to help educate her peers about autism. Her video titled "A Teen's Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism" was a part of her class project at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

Now, the video has over 40,000 views, has played at 14 film festivals worldwide and Jackman has been awarded the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award for her efforts.

Each year, Hasbro awards youth between the ages of 5 and 18 for their volunteer activities at a special recognition event and award each winner with a $1,000 educational scholarship and a $500 donation to charity of his or her choice.

Jackman wanted to create the video after volunteering for an organization called "Autism Family Times". 

"The video is so important to me because I feel it could help anyone, especially typically-developing teens, to feel that they can interact and get to know people with autism and not be scared of the differences. People tend to be more accepting when they are more knowledgeable," Jackman said.

Since the award program was founded in 2010, 40 youth have been selected for their extraordinary volunteer efforts. She is one of 10 students nationwide who won the 2015 award. 

Learn more about the video and receive updates on her Facebook page.