‘Business of Autism’ debuts to sellout Port crowd

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Filmmaker, Stephen Mackey with Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation Co-Founders, Stella Spanakos, Nicole Sugure and Patrick Bardsley. (Courtesy of John Martin)

On May 31, the film “This Business of Autism premiered on the big screen at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington as part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd of autism advocates, local politicians and more.

The documentary, produced by Mesh Omnimedia, explores the benefits of employing individuals with autism and prominently features Spectrum Designs, the largest employer of individuals with autism in the state and is headquartered in Port Washington. Following the film, the packed house engaged in a panel discussion with Spectrum Designs co-founders Patrick Bardsley, Nicole Sugrue, Stella Spanakos and filmmaker Stephen Mackey.

Centered on the acquisition, renovation, and launch of Spectrum Designs’ new production facility, the film will address the positive impacts of developing profitable businesses while leveraging the unique capabilities of adults with autism. In addition to exploring the growth and success of Spectrum Designs, the film examines several other national organizations and initiatives and features the world-renowned Dr. Temple Grandin.

 For more information on Spectrum Designs visit spectrumdesigns.org

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