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Autism in Iowa: On the Thursday, May 14 edition of The Iowa Journal

May 13, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s edition of The Iowa Journal will explore autism in Iowa. This episode will air Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. It will be rebroadcast on Friday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV. The program, as well as additional interviews and information, will also be available online at Iptv.org.

Autism affects one in every 150 children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. The cause of this neurobiological disorder is unclear and treatment options are widely debated. There is no known cure. Financing research for solutions to this medical mystery, and support for those afflicted, costs the nation more than $35 billion per year. Iowa is among the majority of states examining legislation that could help pay health care costs for autistic children. What are the needs of families in Iowa and how can the state best meet those needs? The next episode of The Iowa Journal will explore autism in Iowa. Sharing their insights on the program will be former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson and Dr. Ethel Faust, who is the parent of a 14-year-old son with autism and a member of the board of the Autism Society of Iowa.

The program will also feature a story about the McTaggart family from Ankeny. Two of the McTaggart's three children have autism. The McTaggarts are among the increasing number of Iowa families struggling to navigate a system of care that has not kept pace with the escalating population of children in need.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
May 13, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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