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Parents of autistic children on challenges/Singing 9/11 policeman

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 25, 2017 4:42 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 25, 2917:

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Parents of youths diagnosed on the autism spectrum face challenges when it comes to the everyday routine of raising and educating their children.  Often their children find typical activities difficult - school, sports, scouting, and even basic social interactions.

There are many resources for parents to access - public and private agencies, academic aids and support groups.  Tuesday's Smart Talk includes a conversation with a few parents of autistic children about the successes and the lessons learned from raising a child on the spectrum.

We will be joined by Rebecca Mann, vice president of operations for NHS Education and Autism Services, an agency that provides support services to families with autistic children and Regina Wall, Director of Autism Services for the state's Department of Human Services. 

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Rebecca Mann - Vice President of Operations, NHS Education and Autism Services

Also, the Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region holds its 2017 Annual Civic Event Tuesday night by honoring first responders.  Appearing as part of the "Celebration of Service" is Daniel Rodriguez from the New York Tenors and also known to many as the 9/11 N.Y.P.D. Singing Policeman. 

Rodriguez and the Salvation Army's Director of Philanthropy Kathy Anderson-Martin join us on Tuesday's Smart Talk.


Daniel Rodriguez / Kathy Anderson Martin - Director of Philanthropy, Salvation Army


- I was listening to the Smart Talk panel this morning on autism.  Could you let parents know of a Facebook group for parents in PA with kids with autism: ABA In PA Parent Group. It's a great resource for parents to talk to each other and share resources and get advice and just vent!! If you need help getting permission to join (it's a closed group), let me know!                                    - Gerren, Wellsville

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