In the United States, Approximately 90 percent of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed, and with the latest statistics of 1 in 88 being diagnosed, there is tsunami of unemployment and government assistance on the horizon that our society and economy isn’t prepared to face.
Programming Hope is an independent feature length documentary which will showcase the incredible story of the nonPareil Institute, a non-profit technology company that's attempting to "raise the bar" in a big way when it comes to opportunities for those on the autism spectrum.
NonPareil trains individuals on the autism spectrum to develop, program, and design original video games and apps for the marketplace. Furthermore, they provide opportunities for future employment within the company's autism spectrum-friendly environment.
This documentary follows the individuals of nonPareil and gets an inside look at their day to day lives as they cope with the challenges of living with autism. Over the course of a year we were able to document this innovative company's growth as well as the personal growth of many of their amazing students.
My name is Jack Creamer, the Director of Programming Hope. I've worked in broadcast television for almost 25 years behind the camera telling the stories I was hired to tell. Over those years I realized the impact that those stories could have so I decided I would set out and tell one of my own, about something that was important to me.
Because of a personal connection I have with autism, I set out on a journey to find some hopeful stories about employment options for autistic adults. I thought I would find places around the country putting their unique talents to work, engaging their interests, and giving them meaningful work. Unfortunately those stories were few and far between, or in most cases nonexistent. What I found were not the positive stories I was looking for.
Until I came across one…This one!
As prevalent as autism is in our society, unfortunately much of the "awareness" is usually focused on the children, leaving many parents and families having to ask the tough questions:
"What will happen when the school bus stops coming?", "What happens after high school?", "Who will take care of them when I'm gone?", and "How will they support themselves?"
There are no easy answers, but one father took it upon himself to find his own solution.
The nonPareil Institute is the brainchild of Dan Selec, a software developer, retired professional race care driver, and father to an autistic teenage son. His inspirational quest to find a hopeful future for his son has now changed the lives of many.
Only three years old and already 120 strong, nonPareil has recently been featured on Huffington Post Live, NPR, NBC Nightly News, and on CNN's "Next List" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. They are looking to, and in some ways have already begun to “change the game” when it comes to employment and autism.
The goal of the film is to better educate the general public on what it actually means to be "on the spectrum”, and to provide an inspirational look at those who are building the future for those recently diagnosed and their families.
Here is the extended trailer of Programming Hope...
We're already half way there! It's been a long road, but we're done shooting and are now in the process of editing. The project has been self funded to this point but we need funding to get us to the finish line and help tell this great story. The proceeds of our campaign will be used for:
- Music Clearance
- Audio Mixing
- Color Processing
- DVD/blu-ray Replication
- Film Festivals
- Travel Expenses
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Risks and challenges
This is (and has been) an ambitious undertaking for a crew of very few people and a limited budget. I realized early on that this topic and this story had to be more about the people involved than just a statistics driven feature on autism. Because of this, we had to spend a considerable amount of time on location getting to know the people we were featuring in the film. This has taken over a year, but the good news is we're done shooting, we have our story, and we've started editing.
I have 25 years of experience editing for broadcast so getting the project finished is not an issue, getting it finished quickly is. It's my hope that funding for the film will allow me to devote all of my time and resources to the project which would help make release in the Spring of 2014 a reality!
After the film is completed, it will be submitted to film festivals, and hopefully gain the type of national attention that this topic deserves. Obviously there are no guarantees of acceptance, but having worked a considerable amount of years in local news around the country, I feel confident we will be able to gain promotion and distribution of the film through other outlets as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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