Holly Peete was on national TV talking about autism. Locally, Tucson offers a variety of services and events for the autistic.
The well known actress, Holly Peete, has the courage to talk about her son with autism to commemorate Autism Awareness. Her April 24 interview on the ABC show ‘The Revolution’ can be seen here. She talked about the behaviors that caused her to worry and have her son tested. He quit interacting with his twin; he quit pointing; and he would not answer when his name was called. A sad moment was what she called the ‘Never Day’ when the diagnosing pediatrician gave a list of what would never happen with her son. Never make friends: Never marry: Never hug you: Never say, ‘I love you.’ Luckily, with love and caring, he has done very well, and communicates, hugs, and says, ‘I love you.’
One occurance since the family decided to talk about their life with autism, happened while they were at Disney Land. A mother with two autistic girls, who recognized Holly and her son, came up and asked to meet him. The lady thanked him for giving her encouragement, and gave him a hug. He asked Holly, ’Why?’ Holly explained that hearing about his success made them happy. “So I guess I am a hero,’ he commented. She replied, ‘Yes.’
Her ‘Never‘? Never let them tell you what your child will be. for your child.
A report in Azstarnet, March 29, states that Arizona’s number of autistic children – 1 in 64 – is higher than the National average – 1 in 88. However, this is not a bad sign – parents whose children have Autism Spectrum Disorder tend to move to places where services are provided.
Services are offered in Tucson at The University of AZ. Besides a research team and grant to study autism, the UofA has a S.E.E.K. program that offers social activities for preschool, weekend, and summer camps. Their comment on the weekend program is, ‘Sometimes parents need a break.’
Another source, the Tucson Alliance for Autism, offers many services, including evaluations and day camps. They have a charity golf tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 5. 2012 Autism Charity Classic Golf Tournament. For information and registration: www.autismcharityclassic.com
My Autism Team is an on-line group of parents that share successes and bad days with other parents, and get Kudos or empathy and suggestions.
Future Tucson offerings include a lecture sponsored by Future Horizons featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, a scientist and author who has autism, Eustacia Cutler -his mother, also an author – who shares her personal experiences, and Rebecca Moyes, MEd who discusses strategies for teaching social skills.
When: May 4, 2012 Time 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 800-489-0727
Location: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704
Ticket Price: $70 – $160 Ticketing Phone: 800-489-0727