Meet 4 year old Griffin Crum, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 18 months old, and find out how Autism Action Partnership is helping families like his thrive.
Right now in the United States, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That means, chances are, we all know of someone affected by autism. A diagnosis of autism is a life changing moment. For parents, concerns about their child's future, the day to day stresses of parenting a child on the spectrum, and the costs of therapy (which can average anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 per year) can be incredibly taxing. Having a solid support system is so important to ensuring that children and families dealing with autism can not only get by, but really thrive.
Recently, I had the opportunity through Wave Interactive (http://www.waveinteractive.com/) to work on a short documentary project for Autism Action Partnership, a non-profit organization who's mission is to improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community. I reached out to talented fellow local filmmaker, Tessa Wedberg, to help produce and direct the project in what would be our first collaboration together and I could never have anticipated how enriching this experience would be, both personally and professionally.
The short documentary highlights the story of Rita Crum and her son, Griffin, who was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rita candidly shared her experience with us and explained how Autism Action Partnership has been a valuable resource for her son and her family. Getting to know Rita and her two children, Griffin and Zander, was such a gift.
For more information on the important work they are doing or for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder, please see their website at http://www.autismaction.org/.