Occupational Therapy and Autism Speaks to Screen Sounding the Alarm

Saint Louis University and Autism Speaks screening of Sounding the AlarmThe Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Autism Speaks will host a screening of Sounding the Alarm, a profound documentary by Blockburger Productions that examines the lives of 12 families affected by autism. The screening will take place in the SLU Medical Center Health Science Education Union Auditorium on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 7-8pm with a reception starting at 6 and a Q&A panel to follow. Attendance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Sounding the Alarm chronicles the challenges and opportunities they face from diagnosis to adulthood. Now that one in every 68 children in the United States is affected by autism, the need for comprehensive services and support across the lifespan is more crucial than ever. In the film, newly diagnosed families must navigate countless therapy sessions, are forced to move from state-to-state seeking state-regulated insurance coverage for treatments, and struggle with the insurmountable financial burdens of providing lifelong care for their loved ones.

In addition, the film highlights Suzanne and Bob Wright’s efforts to raise autism awareness and establish Autism Speaks, the world’s foremost autism science and advocacy organization.

Watch the trailer at youtube.com.

To RSVP, please contact the Autism Speaks St. Louis Chapter at (314) 989-1003 or stlouis@autismspeaks.org or visit events.autismspeaks.org/soundingthealarmstlouis

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