Local Speech Therapist Heading to ‘The Awareness Film Festival’ in Los Angeles

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Office of Education:

Beth V. Stone, M.A., a local Speech/Language Pathologist with the Humboldt County Office of Education Special Beginnings program has been selected to take part in The Awareness Film Festival and have her video screened on October 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Regal Theatre in Los Angeles.

The film festival is organized by Heal One World, a non-profit charity whose mission is to inform and inspire audiences through a program of films on ecological, political, health/wellbeing and spiritual topics.

The film that will be screened is Devin’s Version: Moving Through the Eyes of Autism, a documentary dance film produced by the Humboldt County Office of Education and created by Mahalo Video. The documentary was created out of Stone’s passion to bring the community into the world of autistic through the vehicle of dance and awaken reflection, empathy, and understanding of autism.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to showcase such an important documentary,” states Stone on her acceptance. “Every day in my work, I get to connect with families of autistic children and have been touched by their stories. I was particularly moved by Devin’s story and wanted to be able to share it as an educational tool to increase knowledge and bridge awareness in our community about the joys, sorrows, gifts and challenges of living with autism.”

Mendie Ballester, a mother of a special needs child agrees. “It’s encouraging to know that educators, first responders and emergency personnel could use Devin’s Version as a training tool to diffuse potentially harmful situations. I truly believe Devin’s Version is an incredible and entertaining way to reach a wide range of people and provide much needed insight.”

As an invitee to the film festival, Stone will take part in a panel Q&A discussion and attend the closing film and awards program at the Regal Theater. The Awareness Film Festival runs from September 27 through October 7. Those interested can connect through social media @awarenessfest on Twitter and Instagram, @awareness film on Snapchat or facebook.com/awarenessfest.

For more information, please contact Beth V. Stone at (541) 646-2446 or bethvstone@gmail.com

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