Covey Film Festival to address autism with feature film

May 16—THOMASVILLE- The Covey Film Festival will present an educational evening about autism, its symptoms, impact on families, schools and businesses, along with local resources on May 23, in response to a recent community needs assessment.

According to Covey Film Festival founder, Sharon Maxwell Ferguson, the recent community needs assessment conducted in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, found that the community identifies autism as a top concern when it comes to impacting individuals, families, and employers in Thomasville, as well as law enforcement.

With Covey Film Festival's mission being "educate, entertain and engage," they have planned an evening where short films, along with a feature film on autism will be presented. In addition, they will offer a panel discussion with local autism professionals, who can answer any questions attendees may have.

The Film Festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Covey Nest, located on 210 W. Jackson St. with two short films, including "Lasting Impact of the Beatles" and "Amazing Things Happen," followed by the feature film "Too Sane for this World."

Upon the conclusion the film, the panel will speak about treatments and modalities available locally for those with autism and support for families.

Panelists include Dr. Montserrat Graves of the South Georgia Autism Center, Marcy Sizemore from the Olive Orchard Center, Tinika Dismuke and Shauna Bell from Stepping Stones and Amanda Vollenweider from Compass Clinic.

There is no charge for this event. Maxwell Ferguson encourages anyone who would like to know more about autism or the challenges faced at home and in the workplace to attend.

For more information, contact Maxwell Ferguson by email at