Have you ever had a birthday wish that would take a miracle to come true?
Follow the quest of one man who undertook an 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across the American landscape to find the answers for his son affected by autism. With interviews that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds, each conducted in the participants’ original language, the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures.
What he learns along the way will change not only his life, but the lives of those he meets,
forever. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the people who give America its heart.
The United States of Autism is a social media juggernaut, one of the first Pepsi Refresh Project winner’s in the amount of $50,000 to make the film, and also a recipient of $10,000 from their follow-up Kickstarter campaign. This success comes from the wide range of featured families, including:
*Immigrants from China and Korea, and a family from Puerto Rico, all who can barely speak
English try to navigate the system.
*A Muslim family discussing the challenges of both Islam and autism in America.
*The first everyday African-American seen in a documentary fighting poverty and the condition at the same time.
A family from Iowa that has spoken with every presidential candidate about autism.
*Three young boys with Aspergers working to redefine what autism is in the media.
*An interracial Mormon family that defies stereotypes.
*A father that had 2 heart attacks at 38 from after dealing with his profoundly affected son.
*A mom with Aspergers herself discussing her kids with autism and her national advocacy that
has taken her to the White House.
*A young sibling advocate changing lives in the heart of Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
*A Filipino family with a Dad that totally transformed his formerly materialistic life.
*A high ranking family in the Army where the dad worries, as an officer, that his kids will not know who he is coming back from random deployments, plus their advocacy work in DC.
*A family in the heart of Oklahoma fighting death threats to pass Autism legislation.
*A single mom doing everything she can to help her family that leads her to ESPN.
*A young man with Aspergers setting up the largest on-line Aspergers group in the world.
*A family of a profoundly affected adult who has to put him into an institution.
*Someone who says he completely recovered from his Autism and how it's affected his life.
The United States of Autism is an independent film created by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Tommy Foundation, which was founded in 2005 by parents of a child on the autism spectrum. It is an emerging voice for the autism movement receiving numerous awards including the Lancaster Red Rose award. Today, the Foundation provides direct assistance to families, as well providing trainings and events for hundreds of students, professionals, PhD candidates and doctors to date. The Tommy Foundation continually seeks to embrace individuals on the entire autism spectrum, educate families and individuals to handle the condition, and to empower all those who desire to advocate for the autism movement.
The United States of Autism will contribute 25% of its profits from each screening in an area to a local group, family, individual or organization as determined by the Tommy Foundation and/or local sponsors.
How it works: Go to our Tugg page and request a screening: Request a Screening.
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