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The Autism Society of Edmonton Area (ASEA) helps families and communities embrace and support people on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.
Last April, the Lake family visited us at TVO, in advance of World Autism Day, to talk about how autism has affected their lives.
Mike Lake is an MP from Edmonton. His wife Deb somehow runs their lives. Jaden, their son, is 17, has autism, and doesn't speak. And Jenae is his sister, who is 13 going on 30. She's had to grow up more quickly than most because her brother's disabilities are sometimes quite profound.
We were delighted to have the Lakes visit us before, and this time, we included Jenae in the conversation because the impact autism has on siblings is worth examining as well. One family's story. Powerful as hell. Click here to watch it.
From UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:
World Autism Awareness Day has succeeded in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people worldwide.
The current session of the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a new resolution on this issue, demonstrating a commitment to help affected individuals and families. The resolution encourages Member States and others to strengthen research and expand their delivery of health, education, employment and other essential services.