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I watched this video with my heart in my throat and tears in my eyes.  I wrote a paper about Autism for my last sociology class.  I spent hours reading studies about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and nearly all of them ended with the words “More research is needed.”  Research for what causes autism, research for a way to treat it, research for a cure….more, more, and more.

It’s been  my policy to keep requests for $$ out of my blogs, but this is something that I got to know well as I prepared to write my final paper.  Autism Spectrum Disorders research is grossly underfunded compared to many other much less serious childhood diseases.  Autism strikes children usually before their third birthday. It lasts a lifetime.  It breaks the hearts of parents and other family members because the prognosis is usually that their child may never speak again.  Children with ASDs are usually extremely intelligent, but they have no words to communicate.  They often have a special talent.  Please watch the video and let it speak for the 1 in 88 children who is diagnosed with Autism . . . every day. 

Early intervention, such as what you will see with Jodi’s parents and therapists, is the only thing that has given hope to parents of children with ASDs.  Jodi is nothing less than a miracle.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

In my humble opinion, it is a message of hope…and hope is a precious thing.

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments.

If you want to help support autism research, please cut and paste this URL into your URL address bar.  As they almost always say…no donation is too small.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/ways-give?utm_source=autismspeaks.org&utm_content=ways-to-give&utm_medium=menu&utm_campaign=waysgive

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