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Tune In – Dr. Geri Dawson on the Radio Show “Radio in Vivo”

Autism Speaks’ Chief Science Officer, Dr. Geri Dawson, will appear on the radio show “Radio in Vivo” on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT. To listen, go to http://wcomfm.org and click the link to the streaming signal on the home page.

The show will cover a wide range of topics including autism prevalence, genetic and environmental factors, new directions in research and treatment, and Geri’s areas of specific expertise – early detection and early intervention. The purpose of the program is to provide information and education.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts about the program!

UPDATE (7.19.10): The show is now online.  You can access it at http://radioinvivo.net – click on the Schedule/Program Archive link, scroll all the way to the bottom of that page, and you’ll see the link to the podcast, as well as links to Autism Speaks, the AGP, and the PBS webinar.

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  1. Louise Thundercloud
    July 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I am an adult on the ASD spectrum, my presentation is aspergers which is similiar, but different. I would like to share my observations and concerns with the line of thought of parents attempting to find a “cure” for autism. I am also the 54 year old mother of an adult who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
    Personally, I do not want to be “cured”, I am differently abled, I am not disabled, disabled from what? I require supports because society was set up for what we call as aspies the nuerotypical, not for my brain which is special.
    I guess because I myself have an ASD, I developed very different ways of working with my daughter, who is violent, who as I said is severely autistic. I know that some aspects of speech are difficult for her, that her way of communicating might be very different from others, however it does work for her. I often interpreted for her. I often got her to use words others would “get” when she acted out because she was tired or frustrated.
    It is not us who have brains which are not nuerotypical who need help, rather it is society and all its attempts to “fix” us, to create us in their images that is the problem. They are who need help, not me or my daughter .
    The second thing I wanted to say is that autistic folks grow up, we are not always children, we require services to support function as independently as possible. In our own way, not the way of someone else.
    I wish I saw more of that realization in these discussions or forums, because that is reality. Autism is lifelong, it may be a different ability which may change in time in the way it is expressed, but it is forever. I do not want to be cured, please stop looking at us all as diseased “poort people” we are different, no “expert” can much more than “research”, We are living this. How about support us as we are, not as you want us to be?

  2. Katie Wright
    July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Dear Louise,

    You know what is best for your daughter. If you feel she is fine the way she fantastic, is you are under no obligation to seek out therapy services. I agree there needs to be a huge commitment to here and now issues affecting adults : job training, housing, technological communication devices if warranted, etc. Please allow me the mother of a severely autistic child to make my own decision the way I support you to make yours. I know my child is not happy the way he is and wants to be cured. He would like to have the skills he had a 2 year old back. He was a much happier before he became autistic. But that is his story. This is a huge spectrum and our points of view are different but equally important.

    I hope your daughter does get the services she needs and deserves.

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