I happen to be watching CBS Sunday Morning, one of my favorite human interest documentary programs, and I saw the story about Ron Suskind and his son Owen who is autistic. Ron wrote a book entitled “Life Animated” about the breakthroughs their family encountered integrating Disney characters that Owen was deeply connected to as a result of watching hour upon hour of Disney videos.
Probably the most synchronistic and great things about Ron and Owen’s story is that during the week this aired a local non-profit called Teri Inc, in Oceanside CA was interviewing me to help them with their capital campaign to build a school for autistic and special needs kids. This story not only caught my attention, but moved me to tears.
In my interview with Ron we discuss aspects of the journey that Ron and Cornelia encountered while their son Owen was starting to speak and verbalize his needs again. Owen is now about ready to graduate from a special college for autistic young adults, and is teaching a class called “Disney Club”. The Suskind Family have really come along way since the day Owen mysteriously disappeared within. They are now working with a new technology called ” Affinity Therapy” that is having breakthrough results with many of the children and young adults that have been diagnosed with autism.
I know you are going to really enjoy this compelling story, especially if you are living with and or caring for a child with autism.