Autism Awareness

Did you know that April is Autism awareness month? One of the great things about being a PBS station is the opportunity to go in-depth, and showcase programs on subjects you won’t necessarily see on commercial TV. This Sunday afternoon is one of those occasions, and we’re going to focus on autism.

From what I’ve read, seems more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. What do you do if your child exhibits the signs of autism but you don’t have a clear diagnosis. This is the dilemma in AUTISTIC-LIKE:GRAHAM’S STORY. The program follows one father’s search to find the right treatments, the right doctors, even the right words to describe his “autistic-like” son.

Autistic Like-Graham’s Story airs 3pm, Sunday, April 10 on WOSU TV.

Since more children are being diagnosed with autism my feeling is, okay so let’s put some of our medical research and technology to work and find out what’s going on. Seems the producers of DECODING AUTISM agree with me. Their documentary highlights the efforts underway by researchers hoping to gain insights that may lead to prevention, new treatments and even a cure.

Decoding Autism airs 4pm, Sunday, April 10 on WOSU TV.

Then there is the worry over what will happen to a child with autism when they’re no longer a child. In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. Then, they will look to ill-prepared agencies for the support services and resources to meet their special needs. AUTISM:COMING OF AGE provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism. Are they doing okay in today’s world?

Autism: Coming of Age airs 5pm, Sunday, April 10 on WOSU TV.

Visit www.wosu.org/autism for more information on local events.

Stacia H.

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