Developmental Disabilities, to set regulations on treatment and therapy options that are evidence based, peer-reviewed and clinically proven.
Still, Washburn remains positive when it comes to her children and being able to show them the same life any other child would experience. She says she was not this positive when she first had Buddy and was even more worried about what would happen to C.J.
"I was out of it for the first three months," she described. "I went through the grieving process, whatever that would be, and I was mad at the world. But I knew it wasn't about me, it was about Buddy, and I was pregnant with C.J."
Determined to be optimistic, Washburn says she knew that having two children with autism happened for a reason. She says it was to inspire her to help others who are experiencing the same problems she went through.
"I'm so honored to be a part of this film," she said. "I hope my story can help someone."
Everts, who said Colonie is his last stop on his journey of 10,000 miles in 40 days, said that Washburn was a really great pick due to the work she has done for the autism community in New York.
"They don't think they're that special," he said of the people he chose for the documentary. "And we say, 'No, you're doing a big thing.'"
With an 11-year-old on the spectrum, Everts had planned on just doing a local story based on the Northeast. But when he received a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi's Refresh Everything Campaign, which gives away money to help sponsor ideas or projects that will have a positive impact on the world, he decided to broaden the scope.
"We decided to get everyone involved," he said. "We wanted to get the American experience."