POV: Best Kept Secret

POV: Best Kept Secret

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:30pm - 10:00pm

Ms. Mino and the group on a “nature walk” near JFK.

Credit: Courtesy of Nara Garber

Study a public school for severely autistic minority boys and their options for independent living. 

At a public school in Newark, New Jersey, 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, airing Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, 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.

This program is part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, which is supported by the Golisano Foundation and part of Al Sigl’s Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series, funded by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. To learn more visit: WXXI.org/dod.