In the 608: “In a Different Key” for autism awareness

MADISON, Wis. – There’s a pretty unique event to raise awareness for autism coming up next month. It’s going to be featuring the film “In a Different Key.”

News 3 Now was given a sneak peek at the trailer. The film presents honest portrayals of who our autistic neighbors really are, what social obstacles they’re up against, and how easy it is to support someone who is different.

“In a Different Key” chose to partner up with Turning Point in Madison, which focuses on giving positive opportunities to people living with disabilities.

Founder Kimberly Nonn says this is an exciting opportunity for the community.

“What we really hope this showcases is a lifetime of how there are so many services available for adults in the community, specifically our agency focuses on work, and how people on the autism spectrum, that if you help them find a job that they love and focuses on their skills, they really shine,” Nonn explained. “We have a lot of great Madison employers that are so open to hiring people with disabilities.”

Nonn says it’s important to break the stigma surrounding autism. They look forward to introducing this movie to the Madison community and hope the event provides a place for productive conversations, collaboration, and better understanding about autism to occur for members of our community.

While many communities fail autistic individuals through misunderstanding and exclusion, Turning Point advisor Joe Maedke says it’s important to show what is possible when differences are accepted and embraced.

“We want to bring awareness to the adult side of services. There’s a lot of services in place for children in the school districts, and then after that they kind of fall off. We have the opportunity to provide services, and this movie will help show where it’s been a struggle to provide the continuous services to individuals,” Maedke says. “The main part of our job is supporting people, and it’s different every day, and we get to support them at job sites. I get to support them in the classroom, and so it’s cool to see what ways we can support people.”

There is still plenty of time to get your tickets right now. It’s happening at Bishops Bay Country Club on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm. They are $20 each, and that includes a full meal served by Bishops Bay. The event is capped at 150, and is invite-only, so be sure to claim your tickets soon before they are gone.

Email for your tickets and RSVP here.