When I wrote Autism and the Movies: We Made History in 2009, I honestly thought that we were on to something hopeful. Barely five months after the original article, Autism and the Movies, was posted in HerWord.com and crossposted in this blog, my son Alphonse and I became part of the first sensory-friendly movie screening in the country facilitated by Autism Society Philippines and SM’s Committee for Disability Affairs.
Unfortunately, three years after that fateful day in September, the promise of regular, sensory-friendly screenings to accommodate people with autism and sensory integration problems have all been just that. A promise.
I have written of this before, in The State of Autism in the Philippines:
“a year after the first sensory-friendly movie in September, what we have still are token showings on special occasions, and not the kind of inclusive, sensory-friendly and regular screenings we always dreamt of.”
And now, it is Alphonse’s turn to ask, “When is it going to be fulfilled?”