Monday, April 18, 2011

Autism Now: PBS NewsHour Presents a Six-Part Series on Autism, Starting April 18

Starting this evening, April 18, PBS NewsHour is airing a six-part series called "Autism Now."  Robert MacNeil, founder and former anchor of NewsHour, presents his family's story of his grandson Nick's autism diagnosis and how it has impacted his family, along with a comprehensive view of the issue. 

I usually avoid these sorts of "special reports" and rarely watch them.  I'm making an exception for "Autism Now" because it appears to be (at least from what I have read about and seen of the series thus far) more balanced and fair than other such shows.  I also liked that MacNeil addresses that this is a "national emergency," as children with autism will continue to need lifelong supports and that we're not prepared, as a nation, for this. 

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

A Viewers Guide to the series is here, along with several resources on the PBS site. 


Alison Piepmeier said...

Okay, so here's a quick comment based on having watched only a tiny bit of the PBS clip. It troubles me a bit how autism is framed here as (mostly? entirely?) a medical condition--worse, as a medical problem. It strikes me as troubling, like Nicholas is now defined not as a person but as a used-to-be-person-now-tragedy.

Melissa said...

Very good points, Alison!