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Understanding Autism

Experts weigh in on the narratives and research behind autism spectrum disorder and how to best support individuals and families.



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April is Autism Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raise awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion for people with autism.

First, we speak with Eric Garcia, author of the book We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Garcia explains the gaps that exist in supporting those on the spectrum and misconceptions made about people with autism.

Then, we are joined by social psychologist and author of Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity, Dr. Devon Price, who explains the challenges faced by individuals with autism, insight on speculated causes, and his thoughts on when parents should get their kids diagnosed.

We also talk to Dr. Jan Blacher, Director of SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center at University of California Riverside, who shares insight into her research on autism as well as resources for parents to help support children with autism.

For more information on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visit the CDC website here.

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Eric Garcia

Dr. Devon Price

Dr. Jan Blacher

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