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Doctor hopes film raises awareness about adult autism

Autism researcher Dr. Christopher McDougle made his film debut last week in a documentary called “Sounding the Alarm,” which premiered at Massachusetts General Hospital ahead of other screenings nationwide and an online release. The film takes an in-depth look at 12 families and focuses on problems people with autism face, including the transition into adulthood. McDougle, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism, started his career when autism was a very rare diagnosis. Now, at least 1 in 88 American schoolchildren fits the diagnosis.

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