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Autism Awareness Month

April is (among other things) Autism Awareness Month. PBS has a number of valuable programming for this purpose. Check out the following programs and use the request form for a recording.

POV #3011 “Swim Team” – Parents of teens on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, training them with high expectations. Follow the rise of three athletes as the film captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning.

Airs 4/3 at 7 p.m.;

Spectrum: A Story of the Mind – Take a journey into the rich sensory experience of autism. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain. Spectrum: A Story of the Mind explores autism through the lens of diverse characters on the spectrum.

Airs 4/6 at 1:30 p.m.

America Reframed #514 “Deej” – the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid on a fast track to nowhere, DJ is now a first-year college student who insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they are neurologically diverse. Will Deej be able to find freedom for himself and others like him?

Airs 4/13 at 10 p.m.

Autism: Coming of Age – In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. Then, they will look to ill-prepared state and federal governments for the support services and resources to meet their many needs – a situation autism experts refer to as the “coming tsunami.” The one-hour documentary AUTISM: COMING OF AGE provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams. Autism and disability experts from Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania also discuss the current system, impending challenges and possible outcomes for the future.

Airs 4/13 at 11 p.m.

Keep checking the Offair Listings portion our blog throughout the month as we post more information and links to request these.

Even More SAFARI Montage Content

For those districts participating in the Multimedia Service, SAFARI Montage has frequently been adding new content. The packages listed below are already now available to you in our SAFARI Montage system.

Grade K-5

  • SciShow Kids Web Links Content Package: 18 new web streaming links for Grades K-5. Topics include: earth science, space science, animal science and more. New titles include: How Do Computers Work? and The Power of Circuits. Web links to fun and engaging videos which explain elementary science concepts.

Grades 3+

  • Mathispower4u Web Links: 11 new web streaming links for Grades 3-Adult. Contains web links access to arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus video mini-lessons. Topics include basic operations, integers, exponents, ratio and proportion, area, volumne, linear equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, radical equations, trigonometric functions, probability, statistics, limits, derivatives and integrals. Hosted on YouTube.

Grades 6+

  • Khan Academy Web Links Content Package: 185 new web streaming links for Grades 6-12. Includes web links to Pixar in a Box computer animation videos and lessons, and computer programming and computer science videos and lessons. Other topics include: physics, biology, elementary math, geometry, trigonometry, American civics, finance, art, architecture and sample SAT reading, writing and math questions. All Khan Academy content is available for free at
  • The Numberphile Web Links Content Package: 12 new web streaming titles for Grades 7 – 12. Provides access to math videos in which innovative teachers explore math applications in the real world. Topics include: prime numbers, pi, probability, algorithms and more.
  • TED-Ed Web Links Content Package: 85 new web streaming links to fascinating TED Talks and TED-Ed videos spanning all subjects, hosted on YouTube. Grades 7-Adult.
  • The New York Times Video Web Links Content Package: 71 new web streaming titles for Grades 7 – Adult. Includes web links to videos which combine cutting-edge research from the world of science with stunning footage of the natural world in action.
  • Oyez Supreme Court Web Links – 125 web links to information about notable Supreme Court cases. Grades 9-Adult.
  • Crash Course Web Links Content Package: 303 new web streaming titles for Grades 9 – Adult. Topics includes: astronomy, anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry, ecology, big history, psychology, U.S. government & politics, U.S. history, world history and literature. New series includes: computer science, world mythology, study skills, sociology and philosophy. Links to irreverent, fast-paced and humorous videos presented by John Green, Hank Green and more.

We will keep you updated with any further additions they make!

New Safari Content

For those districts participating in the Multimedia Service, Safari has been adding new content. The packages listed below are already available to you in our SAFARI Montage system.

  • Simple History Video Links – 58 Web streaming links to animated history videos. Topics include: the Industrial Revolution, California Gold Rush, Berlin Wall, Space Race, Thanksgiving and more. Grades 7-12.
  • Osmosis Video Links – 39 web streaming links to videos exploring a variety of medical concepts including: asthma, concussion, HIV & AIDS, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bulimia nervosa and more. Grades 9-Adult.
  • Basho and Friends Video Links – 62 web streaming links to Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese instructional music videos. Grades PreK-4.
  • NUMBEROCK Video Links – 70 web streaming links to musical animated math videos. Topics include: angles, order of operations, addition, subtraction, fractions and more. Grades PreK-6.

We will keep you updated as they add content!

SAFARI Montage Upgraded to Version 7

Over April break, we updated to SAFARI Montage v7.1.27. You’ll notice that it has a new clean and streamlined design that can be immediately seen when logging into the dashboard. The Search interface is much cleaner with filtering options available at the top of the page.

The functionality is the same, except for some new additions. Download our documentation to learn about all of the new Safari enhancements.