April 2, 2012 — April is National Autism Awareness Month, a time for public discussion about common issues and needs within the autism community. Locally in Pennsylvania, there is growing concern that drastic service cuts by the state could force adults with autism and intellectual disabilities to be institutionalized or move back home — in many cases, with their aging parents.
Dr. Dan Gottlieb examines how the potential cuts are impacting individuals' lives. We hear from some families and attorney Kelly Darr, Legal Director of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. And we offer a glimpse into the imaginative world of people on the autism spectrum with the help of Debra Hosseini, author of The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions. The book features 77 visual artists and poets on the autism spectrum from around the world.