(NEW YORK, NY – Jan. 26, 2007) – Autism Every Day, the powerful, new documentary produced by Autism Speaks, will be featured in a special hour-long exploration of autism on the popular daytime program “The View.” The hour, airing Monday at 11:00 AM ET on the ABC Television Network, will include interviews with medical experts, individuals with autism and their families. It features Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and special guest co-host Toni Braxton, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who is also the mother of a son with autism. Clips from Autism Every Day– which opened to rave reviews and sold-out audiences at its world premiere this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival -- will be shown throughout the hour.
It's not the first time the show has focused on autism. A year ago, “The View” hosted Autism Speaks co-Founder Suzanne Wright in a lengthy segment (read more here).
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 166 children, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.