Jacob's Turn

Worth Watching: Jacob’s Turn

Brothers and sisters have a unique window into each other’s world…

The Other Child

13 min. / documentary / 2009/ USA

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The Other Child

Brothers and sisters have a unique window into each other’s world. When one of the siblings in the family has autism, that window provides a penetrating view into this fascinating and often misunderstood developmental disability.

Through a series of vignettes narrated by the sibling themselves and depicting life at home, The Other Child, by filmaker John Kent, provides a moving portrait about how growing up with a brother or sister with autism can shape a person — and a family. Clinical and scientific experts from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the University of Miami and other leading disability research institutions provide insightful commentaries about the latest in sibling research.

Jacob’s Turn

8 min. / documentary / 2010 / USA

An inspirational short documentary about a boy with Down syndrome and his love of baseball.

Jacob’s Turn is the story of Jacob Titus, a four-year-old boy from the small rural community of Floyds Knobs, Ind. Jacob loves to play t-ball, like thousands of kids across the country. Jacob also happens to have Down syndrome. The film shows how Jacob’s “turn” at bat and on the field was a thrill for him, but more importantly, an event that transformed the hearts of everyone in his town. The script for the short film is based on his mother, Patricia Titus’ essay she wrote and submitted to the local newspaper. Based out of and produced in the Ohio Valley region, “Jacob’s Turn” also received a nomination in the human interest/news category.

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