Autism is causing devastating financial problems for hundreds of thousands of U.S. families, according to the makers of a new documentary.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Mass., helped cosponsor the documentary, which will air first on WGBY, the public television station in Springfield.

The filmmakers who made the documentary explore the challenges facing the families of people with autism who are growing up.

Experts estimate that more than 1 million U.S. residents have autism or related conditions.

MassMutual is making results of a report on the finances of families that are coping with autism available here.

Other autism planning resources are available here.