On May 1st, “I Want to Say” a 25-minute documentary will premiere. It tells the story of Hacking Autism, a newly adopted Autism Speaks initiative devoted to using technology to give those with autism a voice.
The trailer for the documentary highlights the growing prevalence of autism, parents’ emotional struggle to communicate with their children, and the hope and promise of introducing technology to all of the autism community.
The film chronicles the lives of real children living with autism, and their challenges and breakthroughs through the use of touch technology. The documentary is centered on students in Silicon Valley at Palo Alto’s Technology School and features Temple Grandin, a hero in the autism community.
Anyone interested in learning more about the initiative can visit the site HackingAutism.org or the Facebook page. For continual updates on the initiative, follow @autismspeaks and the hashtag #hackingautism on Twitter.