Posted on October 07, 2004 at 06:35 PM
Recent statistics of child autism are harrowing:
Cases in the state of California have increased 273 percent in the last 10 years. The State of Missouri reports an eight hundred fifty percent increase. No one knows why; nor does anyone really know what causes child autism.
In this story you hear what it's like to learn that your toddler son has a lifelong disability and about the stresses and strains that come with it. It's a touching, poignant portrait of a family, but mainly about how mom and dad cope. This young couple are open and honest; vital and strong. Good journalism tells you something about the real lives behind troubling statistics. There's lots of hooks for this -- lots of new autism studies and research. Could be paired with a two-way on the science/medicine.