Autism film ‘Sounding the Alarm’ raises autism awareness about adults with autism

Sounding the Alarm film, Dr. Christopher McDougle – Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism made his debut in the film last week which premiered at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nationwide screenings and an online release will follow.

Karen Weintraub in the Boston Globe reports that the film follows 12 families and looks at the issues they face living with autism which includes the transition into adulthood.

The Boston Globe asked Dr McDougle what he hoped the film would accomplish, he responded:

“I hope it raises awareness about autism in adults with the disorder. Society is much more familiar with autism in children than they were 20-25 years ago, but many of them have no idea what happens to children with autism when they grow up.”

They also asked if he thought the current label of Autistic Spectrum Disorder would stand the test of time. Dr McDougle replied that as more specific cause are found then different terminology will be used. He also added:

“This broad spectrum thing gives us a sense that we understand this problem, when in fact we know so very little.”

The full article by Karen Weintraub in the Boston Globe can be found here