I recently left my longtime career as a local TV news anchor in Baltimore. I was there for 21 years and during that time my daughter was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDD-NOS). So, I thought…hey, wouldn’t it be a natural fit if I could take what I know about telling stories and create a television show with kids who are all over the “spectrum.” Programming that shows children and families, from all walks of life, dealing with the challenges and uniqueness of autism. And maybe we could give them some help or ideas along the way. And maybe we could educate a mass audience about what makes autism special and why we all should care about these individuals who are all around us.
Well, the big cable channels weren’t biting. The production companies I contacted weren’t going for it either. I mean, in theory, they liked the idea, but in reality they just couldn’t see it being very appealing for the long haul. Of course, I find the subject incredibly appealing and compelling!
Eventually I thought why not do it myself? With the help of a very talented videographer, a guy who knows his way around the web, and many supportive friends…we created Real Look Autism. My version of Autism TV.
Real Look Autism is a video resource for anyone touched by autism. We tell focused and beautifully shot and edited stories about therapies and strategies that are working for children on the spectrum. We look for even the smallest measure of success. Our slogan goes like this: “You tell us something that’s working for you…and we’ll show everyone else”. So, because we look for what is “working”, our short videos have an element of optimism. And how can you not LOVE these kids, their parents, and the teachers and therapists who are so committed. We keep it real and we aim to spread some hope and understanding.
Real Look Autism.com, thanks for visiting and watching! We hope you LIKE US on Facebook, spread the word and sign up to find out when we premiere another new video.
And besides… we don’t even run commercials… at least not yet!
-Mary Beth Marsden, Founder of Real Look Autism