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Autism Movie Plays a Part in 2012 US Presidential Election

By February 20, 2012 3 Comments

United States of Autism LogoThose of you who have been following us for a little while know that our film features a family out of Iowa who are incredibly active in the 2012 US Presidential Elections speaking about autism every time the season comes around. What you may not know is that thanks to them, the only person still currently running for president this year that has not received a t-shirt and heard about our film is President Obama himself!

Thanks to Lin, Mark, and Sam Wessels, nearly all of the 2012 GOP Presidential election candidates heard about the film, including: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty. Heck, even Mike Huckabee got his picture taken with Sam. Not only that, but videos of Sam Wessels speaking with election candidates about autism and our film this cycle generated over 370,000 hits on YouTube so far. That’s a lot of people hearing about one boy and autism, and good for the autism movement no matter what people say out there.

One of the things that makes the United States of Autism the¬†feature documentary for autism and the 2012 election year and beyond is the strength of our people. Here, the Wessels family are not afraid to state what their views are on the movement and what they believe is necessary to move everyone forward. There are many out there who do not agree with them and we take no stance either way on the content of the message. However, we here for the movie believe that it is far more dangerous to stifle opinions, even if one vehemently disagrees. Long term, some sort of common ground must be built for all of the individuals, whether they be children or adults on the autism spectrum. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent of a severe child that can not speak and possibly never will, to a fully functioning adult that is either excelling or searching for acceptance and growth in society, to anyone in between, all of these groups have to work together if this thing called “autism” is going to become a movement for those seeking a better life. Ultimately, this is what our film is about, the real America: “E¬†pluribus unum”, which means “out of many, one”.

Thank you to Lin, Mark, and Sam for standing tall for what you believe and making sure the world hears you, especially in shaking hands with nearly every potential leader of the free world for the next 4 years to do so. We at the United States of Autism are proud to have you as one of our featured families, and look forward to sharing your heart with the world.

Now if only someone could help us get the message to President Obama…

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Mitt Romney talking Autism with Sam: (4k views and counting)

Newt Gingrich talking Autism with Sam: (5k views and counting)

Rick Santorum talking Autism with Sam: (6k views and counting)

Ron Paul talking autism with Sam: (62k views and counting)

Michelle Bachman talking autism with Sam: (294k views and counting)

Tim Pawlenty talking autism with Sam: (70 views and counting)

Herman Cain talking autism with Sam: (80 views and counting)


  • Marco says:

    Go Sammy!!!

  • Lin says:

    Thanks, Marco!! Means a lot!

  • Lin says:

    If ever the president makes an appearance anywhere even remotely close to our “neck of the woods,” you can rest assured we’ll be there and we’ll try our hardest to get a t-shirt to him as well as our question answered by him.

    Thanks for such a terrific blog, awesome project and wonderful team to work with, US of Autism! We salute you!

    -The Wessels

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