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Autism Documentaries on public television

April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness is at the top of the list in the month of April. Tonight, Channel 12, Colorado Public Television will be airing a number of Autism documentaries worth the watching, or recording. Here's what you can see:

Apr 7 • 7:00 PM • "Decoding Autism"

In 2010, doctors will diagnose more children with an autism spectrum disorder than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. The public television special DECODING AUTISM looks at the devastating neurodevelopmental disorder that leaves families heartbroken, vulnerable and desperate for answers. The documentary highlights the efforts underway in New Jersey and New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Louisville and Sacramento, where researchers hope to gain insights that may lead to prevention, new treatments and even a cure. DECODING AUTISM includes interviews with a number of families dealing with the challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum and features visits to schools specializing in educating children with autism.

Apr 7 • 8:00 PM • "Autism: Coming of Age"

When people think of autism, they instinctively think of children. However, in the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of the school system and transition into adulthood. Then, they will look to ill-prepared state and federal governments for the support services and resources to meet their many needs — a situation autism experts refer to as the "coming tsunami." The one-hour documentary AUTISM: COMING OF AGE provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism and includes interviews with their families and support teams. Autism and disability experts from Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania also discuss the current system, impending challenges and possible outcomes for the future.

Apr 7 • 9:00 PM • "Autistic-Like: Graham's Story"

AUTISTIC-LIKE: GRAHAM'S STORY is an intimate family portrait following one dad's determined search to find the right treatments, the right doctors, even the right words to describe his "autistic-like"son. A startling, award-winning report from the edge of the autism epidemic, AUTISTIC-LIKE illuminates the medical, social and public health issues faced by families whose "autistic-like" children have no clear diagnosis, and are offered no specific treatment. A finalist for the 2009 FREDDIE Award for Outstanding Medical and Health Reporting, AUTISTIC-LIKE has screened at nine US film festivals, and at special needs conferences and universities on all five continents. The film interweaves the family's story with interviews and insights from leading child development/Autism Spectrum Disorder experts Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Ricki Robinson. This film is a gem. A brilliant reminder that by watching closely and looking for what works, parents can find the right help for their child. Carol Stock Kranowitz, Author, The Out-of-Synch-Child.

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