Documentary featuring Scottsdale boy to raise awareness about autism

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale family found that the best way for their son with Asperger's syndrome to connect with others was through his love of dogs. Their new movie chronicles that journey all the way to the Westminster Dog Show in New York.

Their documentary, "For the Love of Dogs," will debut during next week's Phoenix Film Festival.

The premiere comes just as the CDC released new data that shows 1 in 68 children in America fall somewhere along the autism disorder spectrum. For boys it's even higher -- 1 in 42. Arizona was one of the 11 states that they collected their data from.

Austism spectrum disorder is a broad diagnosis that, as of the lastest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Metal Disorders (DSM-5), includes Asperger's syndrome.

The Gould family says they made the film to give other families hope and to show that you embrace people with differences, all people, not just children with autism.

I sat down with the Gould family.

For more information about the film, which premieres Saturday, April 5, at Harkins Scottsdale 101, check out

Watch the trailer