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Tune in to “Need to Know” on PBS

Tune in to PBS’s “Need to Know” for a segment on the challenges facing adults with autism and their families, as well as the desperate need for services that will help them live productive and fulfilling lives. The segment will feature an interview with Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs and Services Peter Bell, who discusses the ongoing needs of adults with autism and the call for Congress to renew the vital Combating Autism Act (CAA). Due for reauthorization on September 30, the 2006 CAA represents the federal government’s commitment to support autism research, services and treatment. To learn more, visit www.autismvotes.org.

“Need to Know” will air on the following major PBS stations this weekend. This list is not comprehensive, so please check your local PBS schedule for a date and time near you.

WGBH-TV Boston: Friday, July 29 – 10:00 p.m. EDT

WTTW-TV Chicago: Sunday, July 31 – 9:00 a.m. CDT

KERA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth: Saturday, July 30 – 8:00 p.m. CDT

WNET-TV New York: Friday, July 29 – 8:30 p.m. EDT

WHYY-TV Philadelphia: Friday, July 29 – 9:00 p.m. EDT

KQED-TV San Francisco: Friday, July 29 – 10:00 p.m. PDT

WETA-TV Washington, DC: Friday, July 29 – 10:30 p.m. EDT


  1. takingachance
    July 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you WHRO & PBS–Thank you, Thank you. Fabulous broadcasting!

  2. July 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Hi5! Glad programs are addressing Adults living on the Autism Spectrum. Sharing with EnjoyHi5Autism social networks. Thanks Autism Speaks and Adults WTH a Developmental Disability who participating on PBS Need To Know.

  3. Bill Wills
    August 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you to PBS for broadcasting this interview with Peter Bell.
    Being a parent of a young man with autism I know first hand of the challenges that my son faces every day. He is now 24 years old and is on the extreme end of the specturm, non-verbal and has an obsessive compulsive behavior to beat all.
    Those in the autism community have to stay after our representitives and get the re-authorization of the combating autism act re-authorized. Pass the word around. It is do back in committee september 7th.
    Thank you Peter Bell for all you do for Autism Speaks. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Leadership conference in Philadelphia. I learned alot from that and hope to improve awareness in the community and develope a better walk for Autism Speaks.

  4. Russo
    August 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Why no L.A. time? We are a metropolis with Autism speaks here in Long Beach

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