Dialogue on Disability presents Autism Chronicles

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 3:00pm

Katrina and Gibson Brown. Gibson is a three-year-old who has autism spectrum disorder.

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Autism Chronicles, airing Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. on AM 1370 and WXXI-FM HD 91.5-2 as part of Dialogue on Disability week, is an hour-long special profiling three families living and coping with autism. Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest-growing developmental disability in America, now affecting one in every 150 children. But the resources available to families vary greatly depending on where they live.

No one knows for sure, or can agree on, what causes autism spectrum disorder, but every parent of an autistic child can tell you stories about the challenges it presents.

WXXI and Al Sigl Center will host a week-long programming initiative to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. Now in its 7th year, Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series includes a week of special programming on WXXI-TV, WXXI-HD, City 12 and AM 1370/HD 91.5-2 beginning Sunday, January 11. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

For more information about Dialogue on Disability, visit http://wxxi.org/dod.