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Friday, March 14, 2008

World Autism Awareness Day

CNN's Soledad O'Brien will be speaking in Erie, PA next week. As part of their annual speaker series, she will present "From the Special Investigations Unit" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building at Penn State Erie.

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Who's On Late Night TV Next Week?

CNN's James Carville will be on Jay Leno Tuesday, March 18th along with Mary Matalin.

Mystery Journalist

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World Autism Awareness Day

Below are excerpts from a recent press release announcing coverage plans for World Autism Awareness Day.

CNN will use its unparalleled newsgathering resources to report on the global impact and latest science of the developmental syndrome of autism for the first “World Autism Awareness Day.” Online as well as on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español and Headline News, CNN will report on medical insights, information on treatments and intervention, and details about services available for those living with autism for the inaugural international awareness day on Wednesday, April 2.

On CNN/U.S., chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will report on a range of issues related to autism spectrum disorder beginning on CNN’s American Morning at 6 a.m. through Anderson Cooper 360°.

“Bringing awareness and information to viewers and online users globally on topics of urgency and importance, like autism, is exactly what CNN does best,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “And Sanjay Gupta as our daylong guide for our reporting on this issue is a real differentiator for CNN. It will give depth to our reporting that no other network can offer.”

Viewers and users are encouraged to share their firsthand accounts of life with autism through video, photo, audio or text submissions to, CNN’s recently launched user-generated community Web site. Autism-related iReports are available at; and contributors also may gain recognition by having the material they submit to the site – once vetted and approved for use – appear on a CNN network or

On the weekend preceding World Autism Awareness Day, Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will devote the full broadcast of House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to explain the latest medical thinking regarding early signs of autism. House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta airs Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Gupta’s investigation into issues related to insurance coverage and educational therapies for families living with autism will be featured on CNN Radio for affiliates. On, the “Paging Dr. Gupta Blog” and Paging Dr. Gupta podcast will also feature helpful information for families on autism.

Also on Saturday, March 29, personal finance editor Gerri Willis will offer advice for parents on coping with the tremendous costs of autism for Open House. Open House airs Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Preliminary coverage plans for World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2, include:

American Morning will introduce CNN viewers to triplets – each with autism at varying severity – born to Lynn and Randy Gaston in Ellicott City, Md. Additional reports will feature adults living with autism and distinguish medical myths from realities associated with a range of therapies and treatments. CNN’s American Morning airs weekdays on CNN/U.S. from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

On CNN en Español, En Familia, a 30 minute program that serves as a guide to parents, and Consulta Médica, a 30-minute prime-time program dedicated to personal health and fitness, will be focusing on the educational needs of children with autism, and addressing the latest controversies examining the link between vaccines and autism spectrum disorder. En Familia airs each Monday at 11:30 a.m. and Consulta Médica airs each Tuesday on CNN en Español at 11:30 a.m.

A one-hour global simulcast special We Have Autism, anchored by CNN International’s Colleen McEdwards, will air at noon and focus on the experiences of families living with autism around the world and feature an interview with Suzanne Wright, the co-founder of Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization for people and families living with autism. McEdwards will also report on people living with extreme symptoms of autism, with a focus on Tito, a young man who despite his severe autism, has become a high-functioning poet and author. CNN international correspondent Wilf Dinnick will report on Qatar’s state-of-the-art Shafallah Centre that assists autistic children. The nation of Qatar is credited with leading U.N. efforts to establish World Autism Awareness Day as a day of global awareness. Also for We Have Autism, international correspondent John Vause will report from China about life with autism under communism. U.S. affairs editor for CNN International, Jill Dougherty will report on a family with a child recently diagnosed as autistic as they seek the best help for their child. We Have Autism will air on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Actor, author, parent and autism activist Jenny McCarthy, as well as Bobby Kennedy, Jr., senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council who believes that thimerosal in vaccines is responsible for autism, will be guests on Larry King Live. Larry King Live airs weeknights on CNN/U.S. at 9 p.m. and replays at midnight.

Finding Amanda,” a one-hour Anderson Cooper 360° special, features a few of the approximately 600,000 American adults who live with autism. Gupta will introduce viewers to Amanda Baggs of Burlington, Vt., and others, who share with him how they experience the world – from their perspective. “Finding Amanda” will premiere on CNN/U.S. at 11 p.m. and replay at 2 a.m.

Showbiz Tonight will feature a report on a groundbreaking documentary, Autism: The Musical, set to debut on HBO on Tuesday, March 25. Showbiz Tonight airs on Headline News weeknights at 11 p.m. and replays at 2 a.m.

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Sapphire said...

Wow I am really looking forward to the Autism coverage. It all sounds amazing. Thanks for the head's up

my guess for the mystery journalist is Rick Sanchez

Mother of a Vaccine Injured Child said...

I am thankful that you are putting light on a issue more and more of us are facing every day. My daughter had a vaccine injury. Autism is just part of it. Athena had a reaction to the Dtap. Little did I know when she had 4 vaccination shots that cold Febuary day our lives would be forever changed. She was only 8 mths old and there was blood in her diaper from a bleeding intestine. Endless vomiting , Seizures that would not stop and a whirlwind of doctors and nurses around her. It had only been 6 hours. And she was fighting literaly fighting for her breath. My child was normal that morning, I took her to the doctor to keep her "safe". How little did I know. The vaccine fillers, that there were thimerosal free vaccines. But this is Athena's story. I know of other stories. I know of the story of a nation of parents that are not informed. I was one of them. How many times have I said daily, I wish someone had told me of the dangers of vaccine reaction. I wish I could of heard the truth instead of learning it this way.

Again thank you . We need to be better informed. I am forever grateful. I will be watching April 2nd. Angela

Anonymous said...

It was great to see Max Foster of CNN London interviewing Ivan Corea of the UK based Autism Awareness Campaign. CNN highlighted the needs of parents and people with autism in Britain. What wonderful covering for World Autism Awareness Day.