PALM BEACH, FLA. (April 8, 2014) -- Autism Speaks and The Society of The Four Arts hosted the Palm Beach premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a Blockburger Productions documentary that provides a poignant look inside the lives of those touched by autism. The film played to a full house of dedicated and passionate autism advocates, self-advocates, scientists, doctors and many others, a real who’s who of autism awareness of Palm Beach County.
Now that one in every 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, the need for more services and support across the lifespan is even more crucial. In this film, viewers are taken along the journey families across the country face after their children receive an autism diagnosis. Children must attend countless therapy sessions, families are forced to move from state-to-state seeking insurance coverage for treatments, and others struggle with the insurmountable financial burdens of providing care for their loved ones.
The film also highlights Katie Wright and her son Christian, the young man whose autism diagnosis eight years ago moved his grandparents, Suzanne and Bob Wright, to establish Autism Speaks, the world’s foremost autism science and advocacy organization.
A panel discussion followed the screening, as guests asked questions of panelists including Bob & Suzanne Wright, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld, "Sounding the Alarm" director John Block, and John D'Eri, founder of Rising Tide Car Wash. Erwin Duggan, president of the Society of the Four Arts, moderated the discussion. Pete Villasuso, a local firefighter who is on a mission to educate first responders nationwide on autism awareness also attended the screening.