Recent advocacy has brought Autism into the public eye. As the Arab world meets the increasing demand for children’s services, an untold story of the past threatens to overshadow even the brightest future.
Ibni reveals that the incidence of Autism worldwide had been increasing at an alarming rate many years before social changes began to compensate for strained resources. Undiagnosed and untreated, a generation of children with Autism has reached adulthood in dire need of care. Ibni follows five mothers as they face the limitations of becoming older and struggle to secure the increased support their sons will need.
An expansive investigation takes us throughout the Middle East, revealing the social and cultural roots of the crisis. In Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine, a common history emerges. No matter what their circumstances, these women have cared for their children in isolation, unable to build the networks that would have provided future security. From the metropolis of Dubai to a remote Syrian refugee camp, a once hidden world is illuminated. We hear stories of struggle, bravery and love as we understand and confront the tragic legacy of stigma.