Episode Guide

Elaine Hall  with her son Neal

In 1980, autism was a relatively rare disorder, diagnosed in one in 10,000 children in the United States. Now it is one in 150.

The double Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical counters these bleak statistics with one woman's optimistic pledge to lead a group of autistic children to write, rehearse and perform their own musical.

Following these five Los Angeles children over six months, director Tricia Regan captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives and observes how the musical gives the children a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative sides.

Autism: The Musical brings attention to a modern-day epidemic, while celebrating the human spirit to overcome any challenge.