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Co-Founders Suzanne and Bob Wright on MSNBC

On Monday April 11th Suzanne and Bob Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks, were interviewed by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in recognition of April as the nation’s month for autism awareness.  Key points discussed – funding for research and adults with autism.


  1. April 13, 2011 at 12:45 am | #1

    I believe this is a good summary of where we are but a long way from where we should be after twenty-five years and billions of dollars invested. It is my opinion that the interest in identifying the cause for autism has been grossly overlooked all these years. My research over the past three years in search of the cause has cost very little and appears to have uncovered the cause . This has now been confirmed in a study of over 900 individuals with autism and it appears that nutritional deficiencies are the true cause. Further that providing adequate nutrition appears to cause the symptoms to disappear in less than one to four weeks in many cases.
    Nutrition as related to a nutritionally adequate diet for the proper development and function of the brain should be included in the overall research effort. I am hopeful that others would confirm what I have identified as a very simple solution for the elimination of the autism epidemic.

  2. Sarah
    April 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm | #2

    Something is wrong with the link to the video clip. Please fix it. I adore the Wrights ever so much. I am so thankful for this family.

  3. Ronny L. Jernigan
    May 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm | #3

    Welcome to my world…my days begin at 5:30 a.m. and they end at 11:00 p.m., between this 17 ½ hour periods I am confronted with many continuous uncertainties, although there are some certainties of routine.

    Every morning I wake up with many faces never changing. Some are expressionless and those who display some form of expression may do so with a weary smile one minute but may desire to hurt you the next.

    Then there are the rules by which I am to adhere to, which when they become understood becomes routine for me. Many times these rules change because of those who have authority over me. For some reason, I understand – feel that because they have the authority -they can change the “written rules” at liberty by way of a “verbal order” (which if not followed will cause other adverse consequences when you do not do as they say). When this occurs a part of me desires to respectfully respond but do to the lacking ability and fear of feeling that if I try to express my self, I be misunderstood, I therefore melt-down and withdraw.

    Then there are those again whom I wake up with which there is absolutely, the majority of the time, no personal interaction with because of fear of misunderstanding because of me possibly invading their personal space; therefore again, I remain withdrawn and remain totally deep within my own world/space.

    My interactions and communications with everyone are very limited. Yes there are times when, I have no other choice but to communicate or respond to others for example when someone may ask me for something as simple as a cup of coffee or something to eat even if it may be my last, I am not able to say “no”. I feel compelled to give it to them for whatever reason, although on the inside I am screaming “no”.

    I feel as though I am this little minute white speck in the dead center of this massive black square with continuous static noise like un-tuned radio frequency. I remain day in and day out within my assigned area – on my bunk, feeling totally indifferent from those around me while staring out into outer nothingness.

    Welcome to my world….allow me to introduce my self. I AM Autism, Dementia and PTSD – my name is Ronny Jernigan #914965. I am an inmate here at Tomoka C.I., trying to survive within the department of corrections.

    I do not understand why my public defender was unable to keep me away from here. I have no memory of what the two female only witnesses say I did or said.

  1. April 12, 2011 at 9:53 am | #1

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