The Sprout festival's goals are based in the power of exposure. For people with developmental disabilities, Sprout aims to empower by showing people in similar situations onscreen ("When does that happen for them? It doesn't," Di Salvo asked and answered when I talked to him by phone a few weeks before this year's festival).
For families, siblings and professionals who work with people who are developmentally disabled, Di Salvo says Sprout "rejuvenates...it makes them realize why they're devoting their lives to this field." And for outsiders such as myself who have little personal experience with the disabled, Di Salvo says, "It's just a wonderful way for them to learn, to see the potential and to look at people with developmental disabilities in a different light. Those are the hardest ones to get in the seats."