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Promote that autism recovery is possible!

Autism is an emergency epidemic that is showing no end in sight.  Our documentary, Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery strives to change that. Autism rates are increasing around the world, and diagnosis rates have increased to 1 in 54 children. This unprecedented rise in diagnosis is continual and we must all take action for our future generations. 

Meanwhile, 1000’s of families have recovered their children from the symptoms we know as autism by adopting a biomedical approach. Parents  and professionals are treating autism as a medical condition with behavioral symptoms. 

Your tax-deductible donation can recover the current and future generations of children.

There are few therapies that address the causes of autism. An increase in diagnostic awareness, parental age, and socioeconomic factors explain part of the rise in autism rates, however over half of the autism rate is still unexplained and we have not attempted to address the root cause.

Doctors and peer reviewed journals have discovered that children with autism show elevated levels of brain inflammation, toxic chemicals, nutritional deficiencies, mitochondrial and autoimmune conditions.

Many people still don’t know about these discoveries or new methods for recovery. This new information is taking too long to be translated into a best practice. When families and practitioners can be connected by an online community and network of videos the message can be spread at an exponential rate. 


We expect autism recovery to rise with an exponential growth of positive knowledge. Practitioners and parents who are armed with this new knowledge find that autism is treatable. The goal is to help these children live independent and fully functional lives. We want to shift the paradigm on how autism is treated! 

We need a cash infusion to market and distribute the documentary Restoring Balance:Autism Recovery, while supporting the website/social media (that offers the support and treatment options and ideas). 

Screenings (whether live or virtual) will have panels with doctors, and families who have gone through biomedical treatment.  We have supporters and organizations across the US who will help us to facilitate local screenings and educational panels. The film was well received by audience and professionals at the 2019 & 2020 AutismOne conference.

Statistics from



About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)

Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 59 births. (CDC, 2018)

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. (Buescher et al., 2014)

Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014) Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)

Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010. (Based on biennial numbers from the CDC)



Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually. (Buescher et al., 2014)

A majority of costs in the U.S. are in adult services – $175-196 billion, compared to $61-66 billion for children. (Buescher et al., 2014)

Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. (Autism. 2007 Sep;11(5):453-63; The economic consequences of autistic spectrum disorder among children in a Swedish municipality. Järbrink K1.)

1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has autism spectrum disorder. (Brugha T.S. et al., 2011)

The U.S. cost of autism over the lifespan is about $2.4 million for a person with an intellectual disability, or $1.4 million for a person without intellectual disability. (Buescher et al., 2014)



35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)

It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism. (Lavelle et al., 2014) (The average cost of educating a student is about $12,000 – NCES, 2014)

In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed, meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)    2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 Copyright the Autism Society. All rights reserved.



Team Bios

Ryan Hetrick, Certified Brain Injury Specialist 

Ryan has worked in the behavioral health field with autism spectrum clients for over 12 years, aged from 2 to 30, as a neurocognitive and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. 

One of the families he worked with began dietary interventions and their child experienced expansions in vocabulary, eye contact and overall social interaction. After years working with children on the autism spectrum, it was easy to see that dietary and biomedical therapies made a large beneficial impact, and Ryan was motivated to make this film after seeing the results firsthand.

Shanna  Forrestall, “Shanna  from Louisiana”, Consulting Producer

Shanna Forrestall of Forrestall Consulting has been involved in advertising, marketing and public relations since the 1990’s, helping non-profits and small businesses to define their brand and spread their passion through personalized messaging.

Shanna  uses her 12+ years of working in film, TV and reality TV to help clients to produce simple, yet powerful content to use for their websites, social media and live events.  Her producing portfolio also extends to helping clients create digital assets like e-books, video trainings, and more.  She has also produced six short films in the US that tackle social issues, and several video projects in India.

Shanna  is an avid humanitarian, volunteering after natural disasters to provide immediate relief, and to fundraise and distribute long-term resources to those affected.  She also utilizes independent film-making to capture the stories of survivors and relief workers to improve response efforts for the future.

She  is passionate about equality and inclusion. Shanna mentors and hires young people on the spectrum (weekly) in her business.  She also works with nonprofits and local initiatives that support abused women, animal advocacy and any human in need. 

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