Advocacy

In This Together: Autism Mental Health Initiative of CNY Documentary Project Begins Filming

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Filming began in early June on our documentary exploring the experiences of families and individuals in Central New York as they try to find the right mental health support for autistic family members or themselves.

Part of Sanchia A Callender, Inc’s Autism Mental Health Initiative, the documentary is an opportunity for families and individuals to tell their own stories shedding light on the unmet mental health support needs of autistic people and people with other developmental disabilities.

People often struggle alone and in silence without appropriate mental health support. Our documentary aims to help people recognize that they are not alone and to engender a conversation among parents and impacted youth and adults about what can be done to increase the services that meet their needs.

Support for this documentary project comes from the Central New York Community Foundation.

Compassion and integrity combat abuse and neglect

People with developmental disabilities are abused, neglected, and die at alarming rates in residential care. This is illustrated by WNYC reporter Audrey Quinn’s radio report that aired August 4, 2018, Trapped: Abuse and neglect in private care. Incidents such as these are why Sanchia.org values service delivered with compassion and integrity.

People with developmental disabilities deserve to be treated with respect and compassion in every circumstance. Staff tasked with caring for people with developmental disabilities deserve to be trained and supported at high ethical and professional standards in recognition of the value of their service. Families, individuals, and the staff who support them deserve a system that operates with integrity that is ever diligent in rooting out abuse, neglect, and holding perpetrators accountable.

The lives of vulnerable people housed in group homes and other residential settings are worth more than the government dollars attached to them. Their lives are worth the commitment to delivering service with compassion and integrity. At Sanchia.org we are committed to helping families and individuals understand their rights while advocating for systems that value compassion and integrity in delivering high quality service to people with developmental disabilities.

Autism and Mental Health Work Group

Had our first policy work group today discussing bringing families, individuals, and advocacy groups together to raise awareness of the needs of people who live with autism and mental health challenges. We'll be reaching out to more families and local advocacy groups in the coming months to create a unified focus on the needs of the dual diagnosed community.