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ROBERT NOTT

Learning Curve

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 1:09 am, Mon Sep 9, 2013.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report notes that 1 out of every 50 students in America is autistic — about a million in all. Eventually, these kids age out of the school system, and their guardians and parents then discover that the vast majority “fall off a cliff.”

When filmmaker Samantha Buck heard that expression from the mother of an autistic child, she set out to document the saga of autistic students who basically earn high school degrees to nowhere. She focused on one teacher, Janet Mino, and the latter’s efforts to prepare her autistic graduates at Newark’s John F. Kennedy High School for their future.

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