ABC's Emmy award-winning daytime talk show, "The View", welcomed Autism Speaks Co-founder Suzanne Wright to the show on Jan.18, 2006.
In her first appearance on the popular daytime program, Wright provided an emotionally riveting account of her own personal experience with autism and the devastating impact it is
Suzanne Wright, left, with The View's Barbara Walters.
having on children and families across the country. (Read transcript)
Responding to a full battery of questions from "The View" co-hosts, including Barbara Walters, Meredith Viera, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Star Jones, Wright highlighted Autism Speaks' work to increase public awareness and to raise funds to facilitate research.
She implored members of the tv and studio audience to pay attention to developmental milestones and stressed the importance of early diagnosis. "The earlier you get to it, the better chance you have."
When asked how a parent can distinguish the signs of autism, she explained: "In the day of autism you don't take anything for granted. If you think your child is not meeting his developmental milestones you have to talk to your doctor. You have to insist. When parents sense that something is wrong, they are almost always right”
The televised appearance sparked the heaviest traffic the Autism Speaks web site has had since its relaunch last fall, with thousands turning from the telecast to the web site to learn more.
"We really are trying to turn a community of heartbreak and sorrow into a community of hope," said Wright of Autism Speaks. "We have to be a voice for our children."
For more information about the show, visit "The View" web site.
Also, Wright appeared on national syndicated radio talk show, "Doug Stephan's 'Good Day' " on Jan. 13. For more about the radio program, visit www.dougstephan.com.