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Teen with Asperger's Makes Film - featured December 13, 2010

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[Source: ABC Chicago]

December 9, 2010 (PALATINE, Ill.) (WLS) -- "Cursed Waters" is a film written, directed and produced by a Chicago-area teen with Asperger's Syndrome.

It took three years to put together, but at 18 years old, Alyssa Huber has accomplished more than the average teenager despite her disability.

"Cursed Waters" is a lighted-hearted comedy about a boy who lost his job and joins a pirate crew.

Huber got her movie idea watching the special features of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" DVD.

Huber also created the set.

"My dad helped with most of the sets, but I was the one who came up with the main idea of what they should look like," she said.

Alyssa was diagnosed in 2004 with Asperger's Syndrome, mom Linda said.

"She was about 12. I home schooled her for six years and put her in public school in seventh grade, and the school looked at me like, 'What is up with her?' And I just said, 'Well, she's eccentric, she's different, you know, we just kind of accepted her the way that she was," said Linda.

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