Ausome Ottawa’s Family Day at the Movies Event

An autism-friendly screening of “Kicking and Screaming”

February 12, 2024

Ausome Ottawa, the only organization in the Ottawa community dedicated to providing accessible sports programming to children with autism and their families, is pleased to announce an autism-friendly screening of KICKING AND SCREAMING, a sports comedy film starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall as a father and son who exploit their own sons' soccer teams to try and beat the other. All proceeds from the movie will go towards supporting Ausome programs and creating more opportunities for children with autism to play.

Individuals with autism often encounter barriers to seeing movies in conventional theater environments due to sensory issues, lack of predictability, and fear of judgment due to social and behavioral differences. Moviegoers can expect

• a welcoming, judgment-free zone

• a social narrative to prepare for the experience (see attached)

• reduced lighting and volume during screening

• no previews to sit through.

The film will be screened on Family Day, Feb 19th at 2 PM at the Mayfair Theatre and is open to the public. Tickets and further information are available here. Parking is free to the public on Family Day.

About Ausome Ottawa: 1 in 55 children in our community is diagnosed with autism. Many face physical, communication, sensory and financial barriers to accessing school and community sports programs. As a result, they are often left on the sidelines while their peers play. Ausome Ottawa's mission is to remove those barriers.

We run high-quality, inclusive and supported sports programs year-round, including physical literacy, soccer, basketball, skating, tennis and more – all designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

Due to overwhelming demand for limited program spaces, we have children on waitlists for their chance to play. We rely on donations from the community to keep our programs – and budding athletes – running strong. Every donation helps to get more young people off the sidelines and into the game!