A documentary produced by children’s BBC about living with Autism has won the best factual program at the 2013 international Emmy Kids Award.
Childrens BBC Newsround is a section of the British Broadcasting Corporation devoted entirely to producing factual and interesting content for children. This particular program was created after the Newshound team became aware that a young girl was writing a book about Autism with her mother. This book formed the basis of the documentary produced by Newsround.
It stars 13-year-old Rosie who is the main presenter of the film. Born with Autism she describes living with the Autism in a very open and honest style.
According to the executive producer, Daniel Clarke: “It felt risky to make a program for kids presented by an Autistic child, mainly because of the of the obvious thing that it’s not always straightforward for people with autism to talk about their feelings, especially if they’re young,’ he explains.”
However Rosie ended up becoming one of the most magnetic and compelling characters in the documentary. Her authentic nature made the program more appealing.
From its creation the documentary received some really positive feedback about its portrayal of Autism. It was then nominated for the international award and won.