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Now Available Online: ‘Best Kept Secret’ and ‘Neurotypical’

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POV is excited to announce that two acclaimed documentaries about living with autism are now available for free streaming online! In Best Kept Secret, inspiring teacher Janet Mino races against the clock to find support options for graduating students who are about to “age out” of the education system. At the same time, Neurotypical provides an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Both films are available to watch online until October 7, 2013.

Best Kept Secret

At a public school in Newark, N.J., the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.” JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system.


Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.

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  • George

    Janet should get the National Teacher of The Year!!!
    G R E A T Job Janet!!! You are very very beautiful!!!

    • k209

      So true!!

  • k209

    I’m watching it now it’s about to end! She’s AMAZING!!!! We need more people like her who truly about kids with special needs!!

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  • Rachelle

    My son has been a student at JFK sense he was 3 yrs. old he is 17 now. I thank God every day for the staff at JKF. They are supportive, caring, informed and they take pride in what they do. It’s not just a job for them, they really love our children. Janet Mino is phenomenal!!! We parents appreciate you and the entire staff. God Bless you!

  • Minister Jeanna Robinson

    Awesome been I been to JFK on numerous occasions for workshops when I was PTSA President for WEST SIDE HIGH in Newark , the staff always have shown great teaching and love to all students who attend , my Nephew Kenneth Stokes was a student there and he learned so much kudos to them God bless

  • Ronda

    There are no words to describe the feelings I got watching Ms. Mino and the love she had for the young men in this film. I can only imagine what this world would be like if there were more Janet Mino’s in it.

  • Joule

    This is a wonderful film. Kudos to Janet Mino for providing the excellence in education that these students require and deserve. It is also a very accurate portrayal of the grim realities of adulthood for students after they are no longer served under IDEA (i.e. aged out of school). Programs for adults with special needs are limited in their scope and capabilities and funding is scarce. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (who have often received intensive services throughout school) receive services that are very basic and (in many cases) little more than “babysitting”. These individuals frequently regress in their skills (as Janet Mino pointed out), never fulfill their potential, and have a very limited quality of life. Viewers who were moved by this story should take the time to visit local adult programs in their area (as Janet did in the film). Sadly, the options available to adults with autism in YOUR area are probably not much better than those in the film. I hope this film will cause some viewers to take action to improve this situation.

  • Bellarose30

    Janet Mino proved that caring and dedicated teachers make a difference in the lives of their students. I loved this documentary because autism is usually spoken about in middle-class neighborhoods, but what about autistic kids in the inner-city. These programs are really scarce and it seems like they only care about the money. Sadly, I believe that many of the students in her class are going to regress, but at least she can say that she did her job. Thank you Janet Mino!

  • Susan

    Missed both how can I still see them?