Hello, My name is Yvonne Wan, I am a Social Cultural Anthropologist. I have been studying autistic families in the past 12 months as a participant observer in my local community. The issue of Autism Spectrum Disorder is important because it affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. In the USA, autism affects 1 in 68 Children and 1 in 42 boys. Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S. What this means is that autism is becoming increasingly relevant to society and it is no longer an issue we can ignore.
The acceptance of autism in society is an issue close to my heart as I know several families with sons and daughters with the condition. I have observed how the condition affects families – their hopes and dreams, opportunities and challenges.
Please find attached, a link to an ethnographic documentary film trailer that I have produced about Autism. It gives you a glimpse of what I have learned in the past 12 months based on my field research with families affected by autism in the local area. The documentary looks at the social cultural phenomena surrounding Autism, including the stigma that is often associated with it. Everything has been self funded so far.
I would like to raise funds so I can conduct a full ethnographic study and documentary about how autistic individuals transition into adulthood, as an anthropologist. This includes observing individuals in their home and work environments. The proposed period of research is three months following the lives of six families affected by autism. It would also involve interviews with the general public and employers. I would like to raise autism awareness and inspire people and employers to accept and celebrate human diversity. This documentary has the potential to improve the wellbeing of autistic individuals by educating the public what autism is, reduce misconceptions and prejudice about autism and show employers what some autistic individuals are capable of achieving within supporting work environments.
Back our Autism Awareness and Acceptance campaign on Kickstarter and receive this Limited Edition, Collectors Tee Shirt featuring an Autistic super hero character that Dave Beaty and I created. Dave Beaty, is an official Marvel Comics and DC Comics artist. We hope the creation of this Autistic super hero will help remove the stigma associated with Autism. Details are on our kickstarter website.
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Documentary: 60 second commercial.
Please click on the following link to learn more about our Autism Awareness and Acceptance Documentary and to watch the extended film trailer that I produced: www.filmethnography.com