"Children with autism think pictures and film making are moving pictures," said Travolta. "So it's natural that they take to this, it gives them a voice." Not only does it give them a voice, the film camp gives them something to do for two weeks straight as opposed to possibly not having the same opportunities their siblings might have. The HEAL Film Camp was started four years ago, when Karen Sadler of FilmLab Productions approached Travolta about starting a film camp in Jacksonville for autistic children. Not only does the camp give the campers a creative outlet, it also provides them a chance to see their siblings in a new light and bring them together to work towards a bigger goal. Every step of the production process provides the campers with building blocks to a better life, from the actual filming right down to the catering.The campers, their siblings and everyone else who participated in the 30-minute short film will be able to see the finished product in the fall, in a film screening being held at the university.
To learn more about the HEAL program visit: healautisimnow.org