Tyler

Boy with autism inspired by chimes

by ANTHONY DI SALVO
Sprout Founder & Executive Director

My job is to search for films for the Sprout Touring Film Festival and film distribution service, Sproutflix. In my work, I often find special films that are entertaining, enlightening, memorable and personal. It’s not an easy task. I was thrilled to find Chimes for Tyler. It is all of the above and much more.

The film is one of the most popular films selected for Sproutflix touring film festivals.  Audiences are continuously touched and deeply moved. It’s a film that brings a tear and makes you laugh – and it’s just 7 1/2 minutes long. That’s an extremely rare and difficult accomplishment for a film!

Here’s the basic story:

Tyler is a joyful, gifted eight-year-old boy. He was diagnosed at three years old with high-functioning Autism. While autism made some aspects of his life more difficult than most kids his age, it also led him to develop into a passionate young boy.

His greatest passion comes from his love for hearing the soothing sounds produced by wind chimes. Among other talents, Tyler has the incredible gift of being able to identify a wind chime simply by hearing their unique tones. Tyler inspired the employees at Woodstock Chimes, in Woodstock, N.Y., to create a special wind chime named “Chimes For Autism.” The chime company is donating 100 percent of the profits from the sales of this chime to benefit Autism research and awareness.

Sprout is honored to use this film to increase awareness and provide support for individuals with autism.

Watch Tyler’s story about chimes below:

 

This video and more than 200 other films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are available at Sproutflix.org.

Apostrophe has plenty examples of unique talent throughout its website. But we want to hear about yours! Join the Apostrophe community below and tell us all about the unique gift you bring to this world to make it a little more special. Don’t be shy!

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