Reviews

“Saw this excellent documentary at Barns of Rose Hill this evening. Every community, K-12 school system, university and employer should watch, learn and be inspired to act as Spectrum Design+Bakes+Suds has done in their Port Washington-North Hampstead-Nassau County, NY community to empower people on the autism spectrum with work opportunities and life lessons. Thanks to Stephen Mackey for bringing their inspiring story to life.”

–Jonathan Levi

“‘This Business of Autism’ is a powerful documentary that not only gives a refreshing, much-needed voice to those in the community, but also provides hope for parents who fear the depressing lack of employment opportunities for those on the spectrum that workplace success is possible. The doc also interviews politicians working to improve employment for those on the spectrum as well as several notable programs dedicated to preparing those on the spectrum for the workplace and beyond.

As someone on the spectrum, I hope this documentary will help to #endthestigma and open the eyes of Corporate America to see the value in employing us. While I found a good position doing data entry in Atlanta for Ventures ATL, another great company that is ahead of the curve, this documentary makes me smile because it tells me that there are other people out there fighting for us and beside us so that our voices may be heard and our skills utilized. I am unsure when this doc will be readily available for public consumption, but when it is, I would implore everyone to seek out “This Business of Autism” regardless of whether or not you know someone on it. I give ‘This Business of Autism’ 4.5 out of 5 stars (one of the best of the year. When you can, See It. Note: The documentary is now available on Amazon, with a direct link in the comments below.”

— Kevin the Critic


“I had the honor of screening This Business of Autism on Capitol Hill last night. If you want to get a glimpse into the possibilities of employment for those on the spectrum, I strongly recommend taking a look. And bring your tissues. The future is now! #AutismAwarenessMonth”

— Post 50 Rx


“Excellent documentary about a terrific organization and its inspiring leaders.”

— Linda Maryanov


“Fry Flick Recommendation! Just finished this doc and it had me in tears. It’s a story we often hear about. Parents/Caregivers building programs for their autistic adult loved ones.”

— Eileen Shaklee


“It serves as a tutorial, a business manual, and even more importantly, raises awareness and overturns misconceptions. It sensitizes corporations, employers, communities about what they can do, what they need to do, to help.”

— Karen Rubin


“You really did an amazing job of capturing the essence of Spectrum, and its founding, while exploring all the levels and nuances of the problems related to employment and autism. The young man from Mercyhurst, whom you filmed talking about his Asperger’s diagnosis, said, almost word-for-word, what our son said to me recently. Validation is a powerful thing, and I’m sure this affected our son in a good way since he has always felt like he is alone in his struggles. After watching, he seemed not only relieved and happy but somewhat empowered.”

— Autism mom


“The most amazing and inspiring thing I’ve ever watched. I can’t begin to describe how it made me feel. It made me think about what’s possible with the people we support here and it makes me want to emulate everything Spectrum has done.”

— Practitioner in New Zealand

 

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