This Friday, April 5th, a documentary film, called the United States of Autism, will open in New York City. It was a labor of love for its creators, Rich and Sugey Everts, who are also founders of the Tommy Foundation based in Pennsylvania.
Rich and Sugey say it took about two years to get this film that promotes autism awareness from an idea in their living room to the big screen. However, they say the concept was conceived sometime after their son Tommy was diagnosed with autism more than 10 years ago. Their journey into the many challenges surrounding diagnosis and intervention therapy led them to addressing issues raised in the film.
You can watch the interview by clicking the link below.
Rich Everts says getting the cash to make the independent film was a feat in itself. It was with the help of the Pepsi Refresh Project, Everts was able to get the funds to travel 11,000 miles for 40 days, interviewing 21 families. The national tour of the film at other locations will raise money for autism around America.
Interviewees come from a broad cultural spectrum from Mormon to Muslim and Hispanic to Chinese. The filmmakers say they wanted the film to reflect the diversity within the autistic community as well as the complex issues many families face on a daily basis.
If you’d like tickets to the Friday April 5th screening in New York, just click on the following link – UNTIED STATES OF AUTISM tickets.
If you have trouble watching the link above, you can see it here at the following link on YouTube – Conversations on The Spectrum – April 2, 2013.