Autism Speaks hosted the St. Louis premiere screening of "Sounding the Alarm" at St. Louis University to a diverse audience of parents, advocates, service providers, and educators.
After the screening, Angie Dettmers, Executive Director of the St. Louis Chapter, moderated a dynamic panel discussion. Panelists included the film’s director and producer, John Block; Barbara Schuver, Autism Speaks Volunteer and Parent Advocate; Craig Stohbeck, Executive Director and Certified Recreational Therapist; Jeanne Eichler, Instructor, Lead Practitioner OT Pediatric Faculty Practice- Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Louis University Dr. Rolanda Maxim, MD, Division Director of Developmental Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Missouri Autism Center SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center; Jeannie Marshall, Vice President of Autism Services- Easter Seals Midwest.
The film sparked a lively discussion that covered a variety of autism-related issues posed by members of the audience. The questions they asked and experiences they shared highlighted the interest in having a better understanding of resources for transitioning adolescents, for transitioning adolescents, safety in the community, evidence-based treatments, and advocacy and the state and federal levels.
Autism Speaks, The Autism Foundation of Georgia, the Emory Autism Center, and the Emory University School of Medicine: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral services, hosted the Atlanta screening of “Sounding the Alarm”, one of the last times the film will premiere before it’s release date on July 15th.
CBS46, Gary Cobb moderated the post film discussion with panelists Anna Bullard from the Early Autism Project, the parent advocate for Ava’s Law (named for her daughter), Dr. Joseph Cubells and Dr. Matt Segall from the Emory Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine, as well as J-Jaye Hurley from the Autism Response Team at Autism Speaks, and the producer of “Sounding the Alarm” John Block. Guests were moved, touched and brought to tears as this documentary gives a real look into everyday lives. Over 100 individuals gathered to view this screening and the number one question from viewers is “How do we get this to everyone we know?”. An open discussion allowed for viewers to candidly ask their questions including, “When will Sounding the Alarm 2 take place?”, “How can this be utilized as a teaching tool for teachers?”, and “What do you wish the film would have showed that didn’t?”. Gary Cobb closed the event with a little advice from his extensive media background, “Share, share, share with everyone you know. They need to see this!”.
Sounding The Alarm will be available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime on July 15! Click here to watch the trailer and for more information.