In a single generation, autism has become one of the most common developmental disabilities, affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans. With so many children diagnosed in the 1990s, over the next decade, hundreds of thousands of them will reach adulthood. How do we handle the upcoming needs of the adult autism community?
On September 7, Congress will begin considering the renewal of the Combating Autism Act of 2006. Signed into law by President George W. Bush, it authorized nearly $1 billion for combating autism spectrum disorders through public awareness and enhanced federal support for research and treatment.
And there’s a lot that we can do from a private sector standpoint as well. To talk about the steps autism advocates recommend, Alison Stewart spoke with Peter Bell, executive vice-president of Autism Speaks, and the father of a teenage son with autism.
For more information, please visit Need To Know on PBS.
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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