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Movie night encourages autism awareness

On Monday 30 November, 175 guests enjoyed a screening of the heart-warming film, X+Y, under the stars at McDonald’s Community Cinemas Burswood in celebration of Disability Awareness Week (29 November – 5 December).

X+Y tells the story of a young teenager with autism who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Therapy Focus CEO, Matt Burrows, said the movie night was an opportunity for the community to unite in celebration of the unique talents and abilities of all individuals.

“Nearly half of the children and young people we work with have an autism diagnosis and a film like X+Y, which features a young boy with autism, is a great way to encourage awareness and understanding within the community,” Matt said.

“It was great to see people of such diverse abilities come together and share in the laughter and drama of the life-affirming story being told,” Mr Burrows said.

Father of two, Adam Wootton, shared Matt’s sentiments saying the subject of the movie resonated with his family.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the night. With two children on the spectrum set to start high school next year, our family could definitely relate to the movie,” Adam said.

Prior to the screening movie-goers were treated to live entertainment by Catch Music, a group of talented musicians with disabilities, and 16 year old Eamonn Ortiz, as well as exciting close-up magic tricks performed by renowned magician, Steve Silks.

The event was made possible by a Count Me In grant generously provided by the Disability Services Commission and supported by volunteers. All proceeds from candy bar and sausage sizzle sales will go towards Therapy Focus’s GIVE Program, which provides activities, equipment and other supports for with disabilities and their families.

For more information about Disability Awareness Week visit www.disability.wa.gov.au.

DAW Movie Night