Documentary Confronts Major Hurdles for Families with Autistic Children
Aging Out of Publicly-Funded System
Love, Hope & Autism is a must-see for the increasing number of Canadians with autism in the family, for those who wonder what life’s like for the family next door, or for those who are concerned new parents or grandparents. Says writer & director Helen Slinger, “The months spent filming this documentary, and screening a lifetime of footage, showed me what it’s like to be inside a family dealing with autism. It is more difficult that you can imagine, and even more fascinating.”
In Love, Hope & Autism, we meet Fraser Fresco, a young man with severe autism approaching his 21st birthday – the date at which he will be cut off from publicly-funded education and must rely on a disability allowance. The film urgently asks, “What will happen to Fraser?” who struggles with basic everyday tasks such as clothing, bathing and feeding himself. It is a harrowing question faced by an increasing number of North American families as the rate of ASD skyrockets. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that one in 68 Americans is “on the spectrum,” a shocking 100 per cent increase over the past decade (most Canadian ASD associations use this CDC statistic).
Drawing a portrait of the Fresco family, Love, Hope & Autism features unprecedented footage shot by Fraser’s loving father, Robert Fresco, who is also a professional cameraman. Following Fraser’s life from infancy through to early adulthood, Robert’s lens uniquely captures Fraser’s development as a child growing up with ASD. Through home video clips and interviews, viewers witness the emotional and physical impact on the family, including fraternal twin Hallee, who finds herself out of the focus of her father’s camera and attention.
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