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The numbers are staggering: 1 out of every 88 children in America has autism. Statistics show, it is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Autism: Emerging from the Maze, a new documentary produced by KVIE Public Television examines the daily journeys of local families as they seek to understand autism and explores the latest research and services. In the documentary, insights on early behavioral markers for autism from experts at the UC Davis MIND Institute; STAND, Sutter Transition for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a clinic helping adults living with autism; and services provided by the Alta California Regional Center are explored. Amanda, a 22-year-old woman living with autism, is profiled through her work as a member of A Touch of Understanding—a group that connects with thousands of students every year to help others understand what it’s like to live with disabilities.
The 30-minute program, scheduled to debut on KVIE-TV (channel 6) on Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm, features powerful stories from family members and those living with autism, including from national broadcast personality Sarah Gardner and her husband Chuck, and Rick Rollens, parents of children with autism who launched the MIND Institute, a collaborative center for finding the causes of and new treatments for autism. MIND Institute Researcher David Amaral discusses where that search has led. “What really is becoming clear is that children who have autism may have a genetic risk, but they also have to interact with something in the environment,” Amaral says in the documentary.
Also in the documentary, MIND Institute Director Leonard Abbeduto addresses the remarkable increase in the prevalence of autism diagnoses; Professor Sally Ozonoff shares insights on early behavioral markers for autism; and Professor Sally Rogers and research scientist Laurie Vismara demonstrate behavioral interventions that can reduce the disability associated with autism.
“I'm so moved by the personal stories we've discovered on this journey, and I'm honored to share them in an effort to build greater understanding,” said producer Kelly Peterson.
Co-producer Rob Stewart added, “I'm the uncle of a child with autism. I salute the pioneers of research and the network of caring that together, are changing the face of autism.”
After its debut on June 13, the documentary will also air on KVIE (channel 6) June 14 at 11:30pm, June 15 at 4pm, and June 17 at 6pm, and can be viewed online at any time on KVIE’s website.
In addition to the program, KVIE has created a webpage of local, PBS, and national autism resources, downloadable education materials, additional research resources, and video including the full Autism: Emerging from the Maze program and video extras at, kvie.org/autism.
Autism: Emerging from the Maze was made possible by funding from AT&T and SAFE Credit Union, both supporters in KVIE’s ViewFinder documentary series.
This program was created as part of KVIE’s Focus on Health initiative, with major support from UC Davis Health System. KVIE’s Focus on Health initiative also includes online videos about mental sharpness, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, depression, obesity, and other topics of importance and concern to the community at kvie.org/focusonhealth.