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All In Recommends: Uniquely Me (Documentary on Adults with ASD and their Caregivers)

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Ann

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For the past 28 years, Madam Li Qiuxiang never took her eyes off her autistic son, Ivan.

Ivan doesn’t know what is dangerous and what isn’t. He was so active that I couldn’t hold on to him. […] So I learnt from someone to put a harness on him. But people would say I am walking a dog. Once, I took my son to a park and an uncle behind me kept saying that I was walking a dog. I felt heartbroken. You don’t have to comment right?

Zexuan grew up to be more sensible than her peers because of her autistic elder brother, Nigel.

From young, my parents have been telling me that he is my brother, I should take care of him, it is my duty. As a kid I thought everybody’s older brothers are like my brother. So I thought nothing of it. Then my mother told me that he has autism when I was six years old. 

Autism is not uncommon, about 1 in every 100 of our population has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

But how much do we know about the autistic adults? About their aspirations and their challenges? Their triumphs and their struggles? How do their caregivers, if any, cope with caring for those with more severe conditions

Watch their stories on Uniquely Me, a six-part documentary by Mediacorp.

Uniquely Me is aired every Tuesday at 8.30 p.m. on Channel 8. You can also watch it online on Toggle. (Subtitles in English are available.)

Uniquely Me (Episode 1)
22 minutes