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Disney Characters Help Child with Autism Emerge From Autism

March 11, 2014

(March 11, 2014) - In a story for ABC News, Susan Donaldson James takes a look at Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind's forthcoming memoir  "Life Animated," about Suskind's journey to connect with his son Owen who has autism. An excerpt from the book entitled "Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney" appeared in the New York Times Magazine on March 9. 

The story goes on to explore whether other families have experiences similar to that one described by Suskind.

Michael Rosen, executive vice president of strategic communications for the Autism Speaks tells Susan Donaldson James that his own 25-year-old son, who has been nonverbal with autism since birth, "is obsessed with Disney."

"There is a comfort in it -- a familiarity with the Disney logo," Rosen said. "It's almost like going to a fantasy world for these kids -- they are so familiar with the sights and sounds. Disney has always been important to all our community. … I think because it's so ubiquitous."

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