National Autism Awareness Month on UCTV

April is National Autism Awareness Month and UCTV is taking up the charge with an impressive video archive featuring experts from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

As any family affected by autism knows, staying on top of this fast-developing research area is vital. From early diagnosis to educational advancement, UCTV’s autism video archive is a valuable resource that’s freely available to parents, educators or anyone who wants to know more. Check it out today.

Here’s the latest program in the series, “Autism Research and Policy: A Family’s Journey,” with Laurie and Louis Vismara.



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  1. Autism to me is a mystery My son will be 20 in a month and still no cause has been found for auistm,it seems to be increasing.I pray for a cure.It was hard when my son was little because he had the auistm, dev delays,and adhd,every day was a struggle and then no sooner had he outgrown his adhd his hormones kicked in and along with it,the dreaded OCD, which I was told was common with teens with Autism.My son William can tell you anything about history from Civil War to yesterday but can barely count simple change.He can walk 3 miles from my house to get to the mall and make it there safe but can’t comprehend the directions on a microwave meal(after catching 2 on fire, microwave is off limits without help).My son is aware of all the deficits he has,he knows he has Autism and in his words feels humiliated ,this makes me so sad because if I could turn back time and make him normal,I’d choose not to because he has so many special qualities that I treasure but he does not see those qualities,he feels alone and left behind by the system who promised to help him,the help has been slow coming since he turned 18.I guess what bothers me the most is the fact that there is no support group for young adults with auistm,who need that support and after age 18 often isolate themselves even more than when they were kids.There is a support group for parents of kids with auistm, there is a support group for young kids with auistm, there is even a support group for grandparents ,not one single group for the ones that need it the very most in my opinion young adults age 18 and over.I pray one day this changes

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