Mar 16, 2004 — Martha Foley talks with Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert in animal welfare and handling and the design of livestock handling facilities. She's also autistic, and travels worldwide lecturing on autism. Grandin says researchers now know that autism is not caused by bad parenting or the environment. It's caused by brain abnormalities that occur during pregnancy. The emotion centers of the brain are immature at birth. And the wiring in the cortex of the brain is, in Grandin's words, "scrambled". Go to full article
Apr 25, 2001 — Brian Mann has the second of two stories about challenges for rural families raising children with disabilities. We visit one of the Adirondack ARC's group homes in Malone, and hear from kids who have risen to leadership roles inside the organization.
For further information on programs for the developmentally disabled contact: Parent to Parent of New York State (800-603-6778) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (802-655-5290 or 800-800-4005). Go to full article
Apr 24, 2001 — Life can be pretty tough for families dealing with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism. In rural areas, where services and support are often hard to find, the hurdles can seem insurmountable. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann profiles a non-profit group that's trying to help. Adirondack ARC serves hundreds of people in the north country, many of them spread out in remote communities.
For further information on programs for the developmentally disabled contact: Parent to Parent of New York State (800-603-6778) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (802-655-5290 or 800-800-4005.) Go to full article