The Autism NOW Center Not Associated with PBS Series on Autism
Recently, PBS launched a six-part series called, “Autism Now,” which first aired on PBS NewsHour April 18. PBS states, “the series is the most comprehensive look at the disorder and its impact that’s aired on American television in at least five years,” according to its website.
Some people have emailed the Autism NOW Center, asking us about the series and wondering if it’s connected to the work we’re doing. It’s not, but just so happens to share the same name.
The Autism NOW Center is a federally funded project, supported by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and is a national initiative of The Arc. As many of you know, the center launched last year with a firm mission: to be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
We offer many information-based services to help fulfill that mission, but creating, assisting or consulting on this television show isn’t one of them. As a federal center we cannot take an official position on the PBS series.