Caren Zucker, middle, and John Donvan, proper, converse with Donald Triplett within the documentary “In a Totally different Key.” (GBH)

A documentary concerning the first particular person ever recognized with autism is heading to tv.

“In a Totally different Key” will premiere this month on PBS.

Based mostly on the e-book of the identical title, the movie is the story of how journalist Caren Zucker tracked down and have become shut with Donald Triplett, the primary youngster to be recognized with autism, all whereas contemplating what the long run holds for her personal son who’s on the spectrum too.

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Triplett was “case 1” in a number of the earliest printed works about autism. He continues to reside within the small Mississippi city the place he was born over 90 years in the past, in a group that has embraced and supported him, with one resident declaring within the documentary “He’s our man.”

The movie contrasts Triplett’s expertise with the historical past of abuse and rejection confronted by many individuals with autism.

“We hope the movie touches audiences that don’t essentially have that direct connection to autism. Each group might be a part of the answer for supporting folks on the spectrum, together with the place they work, reside, go to highschool and past,” mentioned John Donvan, a longtime community tv correspondent who produced and co-directed the movie and wrote the e-book with Zucker.

“In a Totally different Key” will debut on PBS stations nationwide Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

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