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