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Autism: Coming of Age
WGBY Public Television Documentary

    Autism: Coming of Age is proudly sponsored by MassMutual
    MassMutual sponsored this documentary which was produced by public television station WGBY (Springfield, MA) to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families. The film will be available after 4/1/11 to public television stations throughout the country.

    Missed the documentary?
    If you missed the documentary in April, we may be able to help. MassMutual has received permission to give private screenings to groups and organizations of 25 people or more. Please fill out this email form with your request and contact information. Please be sure to include your telephone number, zip code and your organization's name (if applicable). Or, for a preview of our documentary, visit our YouTube channel.

    What is Autism: Coming of Age?
    Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are some of the most complex disabilities that families can face. This documentary is, in part, a follow-up to groundbreaking research from the December 2008 “Easter Seals Living with Autism” study, also co-sponsored by MassMutual, that examined the hopes, fears and challenges of parents raising children with autism. That study, conducted by Harris Interactive, one of the leading consumer research companies in the U.S., revealed the top concerns of families living with autism. These include:

    - Independence
    - Financial well-being
    - Quality of life
    - Employment
    - Housing needs
    - Education
    - Health
    - The child’s longevity

    Why this sponsorship?
    The sponsorship of the Autism: Coming of Age documentary is the next step in our exploration of the needs of families affected by disabilities, in this case, autism.

    In addition to our sponsorships, MassMutual’s exclusive SpecialCareSM program, is an innovative outreach initiative providing access to information, specialists and financial products and services that can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and other special needs and their families and caregivers. For example, you’ll learn why accepting a generous financial gift from a loving grandparent may not be in their best interest - and why disinheriting your special needs child might be the right thing to do.

    If you are caring for a person with a disability or other special needs - a spouse, a child, sibling, dependent parent, other relative or friend - you should consider our SpecialCareSM program. Through our SpecialCareSM Program, MassMutual helps make a difference in the quality of life for people with disabilities and other special needs and their families and caregivers.

    1 Based on the autism prevalence rate of 1 in 150 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007: and 2000 U.S. Census figure of 280 million Americans.

    2 The Easter Seals Living with Autism Study, sponsored by MassMutual, December 2008, conducted by Harris Interactive

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