Friday, June 19, 2009

Dear TLC

Dear TLC,

Why do you have multiple shows about multiples? Why not pay attention to the news and what is devasting families right now: living with Autism.

Autism affects 1 in 150 children. That means 1 in 150 families are affected, along with their friends, caretakers and teachers.

According to the CDC, there were only 67 births of 5 or more children last year. Is that why we care? Because it is less common than Autism?

TLC or even the WE channel should get their heads out of their butts and start putting on television programs that will help other people. Isn't that the basis for The Learning Channel (TLC) in the first place?

With budget cuts nationwide, resources are dwindling. Why not have a show that focuses on a family going through the motions of getting help, getting a diagnosis, getting therapy, preparing their child for transitions in their life, etc? The show could focus on 1 family or spotlight several families. I know many families that they could focus on: one that has recovered her child; 2 that have 1 child with ASD and 1 that is NT (neuro-typical); and even 1 that has 6 kids and 8 nephews with Autism.

TLC, what are you waiting for? There are many families out there that feel so distressed after the diagnosis that they don't know where to start on the journey that is living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That's one of the reasons I started this blog; to put everything I have learned or gone through in one place, hoping that maybe it will help someone else.

What have you done to help?

Sincerely,

1 of many voices you're not hearing



http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/multiple.htm

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Maybe this is why everyone is so crazy about multiple births.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/201839?gt1=43002

"Five of a Kind"

Article posted today by Newsweek.