Autism Public Service Announcement by Natalie Palumbo Featured in Los Angeles Screening
Posted Apr 01 2013 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: Natalie Palumbo provides more awareness in her public service announcement than lighting the seven wonders of the world neon blue. Thank you and congratulations, Natalie.
By Natalie Palumbo
I am 18, a senior in High School, and the younger
sibling of a 22 year old brother with low verbal autism. I am busy preparing for graduation, and have
good news to share. I was accepted into
the Motion Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, which is my
first choice for college. I am currently
taking a media arts class at a neighboring high school, and it has been an
The Public Service Announcement that I made for
class called “Age Of Autism” was submitted into the Notre Dame High School
National Film competition by my teacher Ms. Esposito. I received word last week that my PSA will be
among the films being screened in Los Angeles this April. Only runner ups and winners are
screened. Ironically, it is the same day
as accepted students’ day at Ringling College.
Due to the cross country distance, they are sending me my award
certificate in the mail. I am thrilled
and very grateful to be part of the screening, and am very excited to see if it
won. The support I’ve received for my
PSA has been wonderful, and I’ve received many lovely notes and letters from
families that told me they finally felt represented. I worry about my future, and work very hard
to do well. I know my brother will need
me, and I want us to have a good life together.
For competition purposes, the music for my PSA had
to be changed. The winning version has
been posted to YouTube, and can be found here:
Thank you all for supporting my PSA Age of Autism. I created it for all of us.
Natalie Palumbo is a senior in high school and younger sister to Anthony, who has autism.