A Promise to Keep

16 Oct

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?”


4 Responses to “A Promise to Keep”

  1. Anonymous October 23, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Hindi pa ba regular screenings ito, like sa senior citizens na may designated showing na free sa kanila? Sad naman.

    • Kittymama October 23, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Sensory-friendly movies are not included in cinemas’ regular fare, unlike screenings for senior citizens (which is free, you’re right). Í wish they would start insitituting this on a regular basis, even just quarterly would be great. 🙂

  2. adicayaban October 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Hmm…Dang Koe recently spoke in a seminar in Bridges and she talked about sensory-friendly movies. We actually thought these have regular schedules.

    • Kittymama October 28, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Adi, SM only has it during special autism occasions like January’s Autism Awareness celebrations and even then, not all malls have it. Like they will have one screening in one branch, then when another occasion related to autism comes up, in another branch. Other cinemas abroad like Picturehouse Cinemas in the UK or AMC in the US have regular screenings, and by regular, I mean at least once a month. You can see AMC’s schedule here: http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films.

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