MTV Puts Spotlight on Transition
An MTV documentary is taking a personal look at the path to adulthood through the lens of two brothers with autism.
The half-hour special “True Life Presents: The Benjamins” follows Kenny and Brad Benjamin of Bowie, Md. and their parents as the brothers seek out more independent lives with an eye toward gaining employment, finding their own apartment and scoring girlfriends.
The episode airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET shows the siblings — who are both in their 20s — engaged in everyday activities like preparing to obtain a driver’s license, shopping for groceries and cooking meals.
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“I just hope that people could understand that people with autism need some love and caring,” Kenny, 23, told People Magazine. “Not to treat autism as a curse, but just different and special.”
MTV said the documentary is designed to be “uplifting and eye-opening” and explore “what it means to live life as an autistic person.”