Posted by: myautisticmuslimchild | March 9, 2011

The United States of Autism: The Media

Movie and the MediaHelp Us Get the Message Out to People Around the Country and World 


Contact: Dan Sokola
Ph: (217) 597-9610


(217) 597-9610

The United States of Autism
c/o The Tommy Foundation
1390 Columbia Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603


Film was shot by The Tommy Foundation

The Tommy Foundation announced today an April 2nd release for the trailer to its upcoming film, The United States of Autism. The trailer release, which coincides with World Autism Day, will be available to the public on the film’s website [], YouTube and several other online media outlets.

The preview features a musical track from hit musician Graham Colton [] off of his new CD Pacific Coast Eyes, scheduled to be released on April 5th.  Graham is most widely known for his hit song “Best Days” which was featured on American Idol and Kyle XY.

The United States of Autism” weaves the tale of a broad spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures – and the story of one man’s 11,000 mile in 40 day journey across the American landscape to find answers for his family and son. What he learns along the way changes not only his life forever, but the lives of those he meets. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the People who give America its heart.

Led by with Director Richard Everts, the film’s crew of The Tommy Foundation traveled an amazing 10,970 miles filming interviews with 20 families in just 40 days.  All interviews were conducted and recorded in the families’ first languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Arabic and Chinese – all sharing one dream, a better future.

Visitors can access the film’s website [] in order to find detailed information about the film and the crew, as well as a daily blog of the film’s production and facts about Autism.

In addition, Pepsi released a commercial on YouTube [] in support of the film. The Tommy Foundation received a $50,000 grant to shoot the film via The Pepsi Refresh Project.

About The Tommy Foundation

Founded in 2005 by parents of a child on the autism spectrum, The Tommy Foundation [] is an emerging voice for the autism movement that has garnered numerous awards including the Lancaster Red Rose award. Today, the Foundation provides direct assistance to families, as well as trainings to hundreds of students, professionals, PhD candidates and doctors to date.

Richard Everts is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Technology and Communications for the Tommy Foundation, an award winning non-profit that works with families affected by autism in the Northeast. Certified in hypnosis, METT FACE recognition, Final Cut Pro and visual FX, a MENSA member, and father of a child on the spectrum, he brings a broad range of experiences and insights to the movie. Rich received his B.A. in Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College.

For press interviews please contact Executive Producer Dan Sokola []

Download and Print Press Release

Download and Print Press Kit

Official Press Release from Pepsi on Contest

Official Pepsi Press Release for the Tommy Foundation Film

Recent Media Coverage

Kassem G and Pepsi on YouTube – 30,000 Views and Counting

Jewish Exponent – October 21st, 2010 – September 1st, 2010

Times Union – August 21st, 2010

Capital Region YNN with Video – July 31st, 2010

NBC Philadelphia with Video – July 29th, 2010

Spotlight News – July 27th, 2010

CBS 4 Miami Video – July 19th, 2010

CBS 4 Miami – July 19th, 2010

Pepsi Refresh Update – July 12th, 2010

ABC 8 Nebraska Video (Currently Unavailable)

CBS 14 Iowa – July 1st, 2010

Pepsi Refresh Blog – June 9th, 2010

CBS 14 Iowa – March 1st, 2010

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