Press Release – Award-Winning Autism Documentary Translated into Spanish Provides Valuable Resource for Underserved Communities

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Inspiration for the Spanish translation of this documentary arose when Alex started speaking with professionals and families impacted by ASD. She learned that audio/visual resources, while limited in English, were almost non-existent in other languages. Hearing of the frustration among people with family members on the autism spectrum who spoke Spanish at home, Alex started researching the needs of the Spanish speaking autism community. Alex explained, “As I realized the significant impact the documentary was having on the English speaking population, I wanted to share it with the Spanish speaking population in the US and abroad, a community that has been historically underserved with autism information and adequate resources. It is my hope it raises awareness and helps people better relate and build relationships among their peers with special needs.”

“To have a high quality, accurate and easy to understand video for Spanish speaking children and adults with autism as well as their families and peers is tremendously valuable,” says Dunia Elvir, an Autism Advocate and the mother of a child with ASD, and an Emmy-nominated producer and journalist at Telemundo. Ms. Elvir provided many hours of hands-on assistance during the translation and taping of the Spanish version. “Alex is an amazing young lady, with a great sensibility towards people with special needs and organic understanding of the importance of practicing acceptance. Alex’s desire to extend the reach of her autism documentary to the Spanish speaking community really spoke to me. Her kind heart and genuine concern is transmitted clearly in her Spanish film.”

The Arc of New Jersey was the first organization to recognize Alex and the documentary by creating “The Youth in Action Award” specifically for these efforts. Since then, Miss Jackman has received additional honors including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, a Multi Media Award from the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, and most recently the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award through GenerationOn/Points of Light. In March of 2014 Alex participated in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month as The Arc of NJ’s Ambassador. “Alex’s film has had an enormous impact on educating the public about autism, especially young people” stated Thomas Baffuto, Executive Director of The Arc of New Jersey. “We are thrilled that the film will now also be offered in Spanish which will open up even more opportunities for our outreach into the community.”

The creation of the Spanish version of the documentary was generously supported by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.  With their extensive experience working on some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and television shows, Deluxe oversaw and completed all aspects of the production, recording, talent and mixing of the Spanish version of A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism.  “Deluxe was thrilled to help such a special project for such an important cause,” said Ron Horwitz, Deluxe’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Localization Services.  “We were so impressed with Alexandra’s original work that we felt compelled to help bring it to the Spanish community.”

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