Disney Channel short on autism sibling experience: The Time I Realized My Brother was Different

23 Mar

Disney Channel has short segments that they play between shows. Sort of like commercial breaks, but they aren’t selling products. Well, other than the Disney brand! One set of these is called TTI for “The Time I…”. I just saw one today that somehow I missed before: The Time I Realized My Brother was Different”.

The segment is about a girl, Melody Igafo-Te’o, whose brother, Michael, is autistic.

Melody wrote a book, illustrated by Michael, which can be found at her website, mybrotherhasautism.net. (The link passes through to the Lulu store for the book). There is an e-book version of the book which is pretty cool. Apparently, this book is what sparked the Disney Channel’s interest in the story.

Here is a preview of the book:

http://www.lulu.com/viewer/embed/EmbeddablePreviewer.swf?version=20100323130016

This segment has been out since last November, so it is no surprise that others have already written about it. Two examples: Disability Scoop covered this already. As has Wright’s Law. More info on the story can be found on Jackson News (mlive.com).

6 Responses to “Disney Channel short on autism sibling experience: The Time I Realized My Brother was Different”

  1. Sue Denyhm March 23, 2010 at 22:00 #

    Not a disney movie, but there is an Australian movie called The Black Balloon about a teenage boy and his older autistic brother. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0865297/
    This was filmed just down the road from our house and I talked to the director Elisa Down during filming. She was also the co-author of the script and it is based on many of her experiences growing up with 2 autistic brothers.

  2. Sullivan March 23, 2010 at 22:38 #

    Sue Denyhm,

    thanks for that. I watched the trailer. Looks both good and tough to watch.

  3. Jackie Igafo-Te'o March 25, 2010 at 12:46 #

    Thanks for posting this. We are very proud of Melody and Michael 🙂

  4. Sullivan March 26, 2010 at 14:24 #

    Jackie Igafo-Te’o,

    thanks for commenting here.

    Thank you very much for sharing your kids on TV and in the book. Those are wonderful!

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