PEORIA, Ill -- April is autism awareness month, and one Peoria filmmaker brought that awareness to the Apollo theatre Friday night.
'Not Forgotten: The Untold Story of Autism in Ukraine' shows the struggles of families and the needs they have in the country. Because the Soviet Union was closed off to Western thought, their knowledge of autism is about 50 years behind the United States.
Co-Producer Matt Blick, of Peoria, hopes movie-goers come away with a broader awareness of autism as a global issue.
"We are very blessed with the resources, and just the communities that we have here for autism and that there is ways we can provide help for families in Ukraine," said Blick.
Jamie Hollis, the Director of Autism & Developmental services with Easter Seals said she was surprised by the film, "What this shows us is that the challenge is not unique to America. It is everywhere and there are really common threads, common themes to be heard throughout the world."
Donations from the showing will go toward translating autism books into Russian.
Starting April 24th, the documentary will be available for free on-line viewing at www.notforgottenmovie.com