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Autism Society Canada, the number of school children with autism spectrum disorder has risen dramatically in recent years. On Sunday November 18 starting at 8 pm, TVO presents a special TV- web event on autism to help Ontarians gain deeper insight into a condition that affects about 1 in every 450 Canadians. The evening begins with an in-depth documentary on the history of the condition and the latest research. Next up is a feature-length drama based on a true story of a couple's challenges trying to find help for their autistic child. And immediately following the film, viewers can join a discussion with autism experts on Your Voice, both on air and online at tvoparents.com. The Autism Puzzle – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 8 pm on TVO In The Autism Puzzle at 8 pm, filmmaker Saskia Baron brings personal insight to this historical examination of autism. Baron's older brother Timothy was one of the first kids in Britain to be diagnosed with the condition in 1961, a time when autism was largely misunderstood by doctors and the general public. The film asks, Is there an epidemic of autism today, or has there been a change in awareness and the definition of autism in the 60 years since the term was first coined? Is there any connection to the infant vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella? The documentary also looks at current research into cause, treatment and prevalence, and explores the latest experimental research into the autistic brain in Finland, England and America. After Thomas – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 9 pm on TVO Following at 9 pm is the feature-length drama, After Thomas. Inspired by a true story, this moving film depicts the struggles of a couple to care for and communicate with their autistic child. Keeley Hawes and Ben Miles play the parents of six-year-old Kyle (Andrew Byrne), who can't communicate his fears. His mother Nicola has given up everything to care for her only child, and her fierce determination to break into Kyle's isolated world places an intolerable strain on her marriage. Into this setting comes Thomas, a golden retriever who opens the door to possibilities the family could have never imagined. Your Voice autism webcast discussion Live at approximately 10:30 pm at tvoparents.com and on TVO Rounding out the evening live at approximately 10:30 pm, Your Voice, TVO’s interactive parenting series at tvoparents.com, is online and on air with a special edition on autism. Host Cheryl Jackson welcomes: - Wendy Roberts, a developmental pediatrician specializing in the treatment of autism at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto - Suzanne Lanthier, mother of an autistic child and spokesperson for Autism Speaks, an advocacy group that focuses on awareness and fundraising - Audrey Meissner, director of Toronto’s New Haven Learning Centre, a treatment facility for autistic children Viewers can submit questions about autism directly to the experts online at tvoparents.com, or by phone toll free at 1.888.891.1195. To view a clip of The Autism Puzzle and After Thomas, please visit TVO’s November Media Highlights at http://www.newswire .ca/en/releases/ mmnr/tvo/ nov2007/ About TVO TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information: www.tvo.org
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