Day 36 of 40 Day United States of Autism Movie Shoot
We had two interviews today which weren’t families directly, but they certainly impact families around the country. The first stop was with Dr. Kenneth Bock from the Rhinebeck Health Center, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders, who is considered by many to be one of the best DAN doctors in the United States currently and an expert on environmental toxicity. His thoughts on what’s happening with the environment, how to treat individuls on the spectrum, and his ideas for what will soon replace DAN as the top structure for biomedical and integrative treatments was thorough and enlightening to the crew and we’re sure soon to the rest of the autism community interested in the topic. It was also interesting to note that the little town of Rhinebeck was quite a zoo with Chelsea Clinton’s marriage less than two days away. We’ve never seen so many people in Rhinebeck!
We then made our way out to Sheffield, Massachusetts to meet with Raun K. Kaufman, the former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America as well as the subject for the NBC TV Movie Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love. Once diagnosed with an IQ of under 30, his parents developed a unique therapy called the Son-Rise Program which allowed Raun to recover fully from his condition, graduate from Brown University with a degree in biomedical ethics, and live a unique and full life. We had the opportunity to sit in on a class that he taught to people attending from around the world, as well as an impressive interview later on. What is most unique about Raun’s story is that though he was once on the spectrum, he no longer thinks of ASD as part of his core identity which separates him from the other self advocates in the film. We talked about his future plans outside of autism, as well as the work he’s done with thousands of families at the Center. He was most engaging, and we are excited to have his unique perspective in the film as well.
We left for Albany where we’re preparing for our last family tomorrow. Also, NBC 10 from Philadelphia posted their story from this past weekend. Check out the video here. We love you all, and can’t wait to hear from you soon!