Autism is a major public health crisis. More children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. It is a devastating neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s communication and social skills, ability to empathize and often IQ. There is no clear cause and no cure.
Segment One: Transition. In the first segment, host Lillian Vasquez talks with professionals who have worked in the field and followed the cases of children, now nearing adulthood. Author and professor Stephen Shore who was diagnosed with Autism as a child, will share his story of surviving the autism maze, and how he is coping with the demands of our modern society.
Segment Two: Working. A look at a national company that is meeting the challenge head-on by training and employing individuals with disabilities. We'll learn this company?s corporate philosophy and how it was inspired Two young men diagnosed with Autism will share how they like their jobs and learn the challenges they faced when entering the workforce.
Segment Three: Law Enforcement. Then explore how law enforcement and first responders can play a pivotal role with individuals with autism. Dennis Debbaudt (law enforcement training expert) will share the importance of preparing officers and other first responders for the challenges they might face or problems that may occur when dealing with someone with autism. We?ll visit one police department embracing the idea of training and hear one officer's story of how the training made a difference.
Segment Four: Sailing. In the last segment, board a sailboat in Southern California to learn how one man's love of the water and his desire to give back to the autism community allow him and him to take families sailing. Discover how more families with autism can experience sailing and how sailboat owner may get involved.