On May 2nd, 2016, the Salt Lake Public Library hosted a showing of Losing Ground, followed by a panel discussion. Both the movie and the panel included a strong ScenicView angle. Losing Ground is a short documentary film by Shannalee Otanez about how families access services for their children with Autism. The film explores the experiences, hardships, and celebrations families encounter as they advocate for their children, and takes a look at the long-term outcomes that face adults on the spectrum. The film features an interview with Dr. Temple Grandin, but a much longer interview with ScenicView’s own Taylor Luna, who powerfully shares her personal journey with ASD, and her struggles to receive diagnosis and treatment. She also speaks at length about how much ScenicView Academy has helped her, and several SVA students make non-speaking appearances. After the film, Taylor participated in the panel discussion with parents from the film as well as local service providers including SVA’s Director of Education, Jared Stewart. She did a tremendous job fielding questions from the audience, and representing herself and the school. Below is the trailer for the film, and you can listen to Taylor's radio appearance here.
Losing Ground Trailer from Shannalee Otanez on Vimeo.
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