Just Autism... No Panic Right -- Autism in 7 minutes

"Children with autism are some of the most resilient, awe-inspiring people I’ve ever come across. It is time society recognizes it, too,” the director says.

In the spirit of dignity and worth of the human person... I created this film and speak for my child and her rights...
Her right to interact.
Her right to be unique.
Her right to be astounding.
Her right to be respected above all.
In the world we live in, this is not guaranteed.
I just hope my thoughts, her expressiveness and 7min. of your time shall inspire you every day.
The short movie centers on themes of living life to the fullest and diversity. Yadira's fight, and the movie, was triggered by her experiences with her seven year old daughter, Thomais, who has autism.
“One of the greatest things Autism has taught us is that we can all get together and learn from each other based on our differing strengths,” Calderon added.

Castellano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0y05q9qyCw
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  • Yadira V. Calderon
    Director
  • Yadira V. Calderon
    Writer
  • Yadira V. Calderon
    Producer
  • Thomais V. Moshopoulos
    Key Cast
  • Loved ones
    Key Cast
  • Luciano Renan
    Music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6jf88Qw6-s
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    No te Paniquees... es solo Autismo!
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • World Arts Film Festival
    Jacksonville FL
    October 17, 2015
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Yadira V. Calderon

Yadira V. Calderon has been eating, breathing, sleeping, challenging and accepting autism for the past four years. She is a dedicated warrior, author of the soon to be published Autism: The Happy Kingdom and professional self-esteem booster. She speaks three languages and has lived in six countries, having travelled to another twenty-seven.

While her friends know she is determined, persistent, positive, creative, open-minded and realistic, she believes none of these attributes could ever have prepared her to become the mother of seven year-old Thomais. Her daughter drives her to overcome every preconceived notion regarding autism and associated behaviors, including the lack of understanding which she witnessed in her previous job as an ESE Associate in the Florida public school system. Presently, she works as a Care Assistant to adults with special needs.

It was this and more which pushed her to author a book welcomed by every parent. When Yadira speaks, she always says “the relevance of the book is in its celebration of the uniqueness found in those on the autism spectrum. Entertaining the reader is key and being a part of the story is obligatory."

These ideas are presented in the movie. The director emphasizes uniqueness and excellence. More importantly, regardless of how challenging autism is, happy moments must be a part of the day. All individuals must realize, there is nothing to be afraid of when being close to a person with autism. Just Autism... No Panic Right!

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Director Statement

Reaffirmed... life is to be lived second by second.
A friend comments: "I think this is a wonderful attempt at introducing children to autism. Individuals with autism can be highly creative and productive members of society."