Global National News series on Autism to feature NeuroDevNet researchers

October 7, 2013

The first of a three-part series on autism began running October 7 on Global TV's National News. Board Member Dr. Margaret Clarke was interviewed in the intial instalment.

The series, a collaboration between Ontario Producer Bryan Mullan and Global National Correspondent Shirlee Engel is to focus on three themes: the patchwork of support services available to children and families across Canada; recent and developing interventions for ASD; and the importance of early diagnosis.

Part One of the series portrayed single mother Brigitte Forget, who felt compelled to move from Ottawa, and the long waits facing her recently diagnosed three year old son, McKeigan, to Alberta, where the mother and son received immediate support and intervention. Also portrayed is Amanda Telford, who made headlines in April when she dropped her young adult son, Philippe off at a government office when she felt she could no longer keep him safe. 

“To see a young person with autism not get what they need is the same as seeing a person with diabetes not get insulin,” said Dr. Clarke in her interview.

Network Scientific Director Dr. Dan Goldowitz along with researchers Drs. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Evdokia Anagnostou, and Peter Szatmari were also interviewed for the series, and are likely to appear in segments looking at interventions and early diagnosis.

To view Part One of Global National News click here.
Check back in this space for a link to the broadcasts.