By Anne Dachel
I've used the phrase, the United States of Autism, a number of times, usually because I'm frustrated over all the passive acceptance of autism. The stories in the news are endless. Autism is talked about as if we don't dare to ask where all the disabled kids are coming from--autism is now just a way of life in this country.
Others are using the phrase in a real attention-getting way, as the title of a new movie about the face of autism across America. I saw this report on the film on Feb 11, 2013, on KMEG-TV Sioux City, IA. This coverage featured dedicated autism activist, Lin Wessels and her son, Sam, from Rock Rapids, IA.
The website for the movie gives us an idea of what it's all about.
Director Richard Everts and his crew covered 10,000 miles talking to families and individuals living with autism. It sounds like a very personal view from those directly affected. It also sounds like people with a lot of different opinions on autism will be allowed to speak.
I can't wait to see this movie.