April 2 2007 Autism Spectrum Disorders Newsletter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAN A PERSON WITH ASPERGER'S SYNDROME SURVIVE THE CHALLENGES OF
"NIGHTLINE" AND WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON EXPLORE ASPERGER'S
ECHOES OF AUTISM: DIFFERENT IN THE MIDDLE
WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY APRIL 4th & 5th,, 2007
ABC News and "Nightline" have reported extensively on Autism and how
the fastest growing developmental disability impacts the more than
one million people living with Autism and the people close to them.
In their latest report on autism, the ABC News team of correspondent
John Donvan and producer Caren Zucker look at Asperger's Syndrome, a
specific form of autism, in their latest installment of the series,
Echoes of Autism: Different in the Middle.
Different in the Middle explores the experiences of kids in middle
school who must navigate a teenage world while also confronting the
social challenges of living with Asperger's Syndrome. As Daniel
Corcoran , a 21-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome, puts it this
way , "Middle schoool....the nightmarish days." His mother , Karrie
Olick, remembers those painful days this way, "It doesn't feel so
good as a parent when your kid comes home and says so-and-so 'called
me a retard'."
Jed Baker is a psychologist who teaches social skills to kids who,
like Daniel, have Asperger Syndrome says , "In some areas, there
have been reports that 90% of kids with Asperger's are getting
bullied on a daily basis."
But over time, Daniel has learned that he just needs to continue
trying to figure out how to live with Asperger's , accept himself
for who he is , and hopef that others will also love him.
Mr. Donvan and Ms. Zucker's report, Echoes of Autism: Different in
the Middle airs on ABC News World News with Charles Gibson on
Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30pm and in greater depth later on
Nightline at 11;35. The next night, Thursday, April 5th, Donvan
and Zucker talk to expert who offer possible solutions to this
World News is anchored by Charles Gibson and airs at 6:30 ( EST)
weeknights on the ABC Television Network. Jon Banner is the
"Nightline" is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, and
Martin Bashir. James Goldston is the executive producer. "Nightline
airs at 11:35 p.m. (ET/PT) weeknights on the ABC Television Network
Also I forgot to mention in my newsletter the other day that The Oprah Show is seeking parents of children with autism in the Chicago Area:
CHICAGO -Are you the parent of an AUTISTIC child?
Are you the parent of an autistic child? What is your life like as a mother or father of a child with autism? Do you have struggles every day? How do you manage on a daily basis? Do you have other autistic children? If you have other children who are not autistic, how is their relationship with the autistic sibling? Does autism take a toll on the whole family? What have you learned from your autistic child? How has it changed the dynamic of your family? Has your child made improvements? How does your child communicate and interact with others? How has autism changed the image you had of your life?
The Oprah Show is looking for local Chicago parents of autistic children. Please respond only if you are willing to be a part of the show.
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