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April 18th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Robert MacNeil talks about 'Autism Now'

April is Autism Awareness Month and broadcast vet, Robert MacNeil tells the story of 'Autism Now' in a 6-part broadcast series beginning today and an online component where viewers can join the conversation. He speaks to CNN's American Morning on his personal experience with Autism and his spreading awareness.


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  1. Dr. Irene Schulz

    Thanks so much for the very informative special on autism. Your sincerity, especially comments on your grandson, tugged at my heart. Your daughter's and her husband's fortitude are extraordinary. The experts exemplified the frustration, but your comments and your grandaughter's were poignant. You noted: ". . . the 0 tolerance of parents in trenches hurling missles at each other." My research on autism in writing a book entitled" The Snowflake Children of Autism: How Unleashing Their Potential Could Change the World", has led my coauthor, Dr. Margaret Texidor, and myself to a similar conclusion. How can parents band together, instead of, setting up separate, armed camps! Einstein's definition on insanity comes to mind. But, I think your grandaughter's comments were the most significant when she said: "I'm bored with autism." Think if the autism dilemma can be solved, answers to other medical mysteries will emerge. My personal theory on the cause of autism: The food industry, with the introduction of artificial flavorings and high fructose corn syrup in the early 70's, is poisoning all of us- many of whom are extremely sensitive to the deleterious effects of artifical substances.
    Thanks for having the courage to present this special.
    Irene Schulz, Ph.D.
    Metairie, Louisiana

    May 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  2. Darlene

    I am a mom of a 24 year old Autistic young man, even though he is high functioning he still needs assistance, will all the funding cuts it makes me worry about him when I am gone. Parents beware when your child hits 21 it is a whole new ball game nothing is assured, you may have no place for your child to go, they will be home with you. My son has been on a waiting list since 9 years old, funds have dried up. Not that I don't want him to live with me but he needs a safe place to be if I am not around anymore. Everything I do still revolves around what he needs. If you don't think this will effect you, just look around, maybe your child doesn't have it but who is to say there kids will not have it. It does not discriminate, race, sex or even how much money or education you have.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm |