Help Us Reach Our Goal
This Business Of Autism is currently conducting a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. The film has been fully funded through completion of the production phase, which is slated to wrap late March 2018 with festival entries beginning April 2018. These additional funds will be allocated for:
- Final editing
- Music licensing
- Color grading
- Marketing initiatives and staffing
- Promotions and Advertising (P&A) expenses
- Film festival entry fees and travel expenses
- Distribution legal fees
- Distribution formatting expenses
This Business Of Autism is an expository documentary film about the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism. Centered around the acquisition, construction and launch of Spectrum Designs’ new production facility in Port Washington, New York—a custom screen printing and embroidery business—the film will address the positive impacts of developing profitable businesses while leveraging the unique capabilities of adults with autism. By confronting head-on the reality that an estimated 70% to 90% of these adults are unemployed or underemployed, these businesses can also provide large companies with an avenue for corporate social outreach, mitigate the economic impacts on local communities of housing and caring for adults with autism, and provide hope for families that their children might have sustainable, relevant and stimulating employment opportunities.
In addition to exploring the growth and success of Spectrum Design, the film examines several other themes and initiatives from across the country. The Autism Job Club, a networking and support organization based in San Francisco, illustrates how their group has made significant progress in placing individuals on the spectrum in high-tech Silicon Valley jobs as well as other industries. Mercyhurst University’s Autism Initiative (AIM) program is helping their students acquire not only the hard skills central to their degree, but also the “soft skills” critical in networking and interviewing. The production team traveled to Erie, PA to conduct interviews with students and administrators, and then to New York City, NY to capture the team in action as they toured companies and conducted mock interviews.
Dr. Temple Grandin, a legend in the autism community, makes a special guest appearance in the film as do New York State Senator Elaine Phillips, former New York State Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County DA Madeline Singas, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, and the former California Director of Employment Development Department, Michael Bernick.