Posts Tagged ‘autism speaks’

Walk Now For Autism

September 20, 2010

Throughout the year Autism Speaks hosts ‘Walk Now For Autism’ events across the country. The Minnesota event is set for this Saturday, September 25th at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. I recently did an interview for my television program about the walk.

If you’d like more information about the walk, check out the official website.


I Am Autism

September 24, 2009

A friend just sent me this video produced by Autism Speaks. Very powerful and kind of similar in tone to a blog post my wife wrote a while back. You can watch it below. I promise I’ll actually write a blog post soon that isn’t just somebody else’s video or article. But I guess there’s nothing wrong with showing some videos of hope, is there?

Walk Now For Autism Preview

September 2, 2009

I recently did an interview for the station I work at which was a preview of the Minnesota Walk Now For Autism put on by Autism Speaks. The event is on Saturday, September 26th at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN for anyone interested. I went last year and was amazed at the turnout. 

Here’s the interview about the walk, autism in general, and Autism Speaks for your viewing pleasure….

Autism Walk video

September 25, 2008

In my last post I talked about the Walk Now For Autism/Minnesota event held last weekend. I covered the walk for a story at the tv station I work at and promised I would post it here when it was done. Well, it’s done and here it is….

Walk Now For Autism

September 21, 2008

Yesterday was my first experience with an Autism Speaks “Walk Now For Autism” event. Several months ago my wife, son, & I took part in our state autism society’s walk. I’ve heard so much about the Autism Speaks walks and was anxious to see one for myself.

This year due to extremely busy schedules for our family, we weren’t able to all go and participate. But I went as a reporter/videographer to shoot some footage and do some interviews for a story to air on the station I work at.

I was amazed at the turnout. There was an estimated 2,000 walkers there! The event was held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN and it was awe-inspiring to see all the walkers going around the track. It’s actually a one-mile track that is normally used for horse racing. I had the opportunity to go on the roof at the facility to shoot some footage and I couldn’t believe the hordes of people.

It was definitely one of the most personal shoots I’ve ever had to do for my job. There were so many times that I got choked up and felt like crying, but I had to keep my composure since I was there in a ‘professional’ capacity. I saw so many kids that reminded me of our little guy and so many parents that reminded me of my wife and I. It’s not often we get to be surrounded by so many people who are affected by autism.

I hope next year our little family will be out on that track walking. I’ll be posting my finished story on this year’s walk on this site in the coming weeks. I’m also working on a long-range project that will air on our station and will be posted to YouTube and this site that will tell the story of our family and our journey with autism. It will include interviews with my wife & I as well as our DAN doctor, therapists, etc. God willing, I’ll have that one done before the end of 2008! The ‘Walk Now For Autism’ story should be done within a week or two.

If you ever have the chance to participate in one of these walks, I highly recommend it. You’ll feel such energy from those around you and it will give you some much needed power for the days and challenges ahead. Plus with all the money raised, perhaps we’ll make even more strides.

Days of Our Lives

June 12, 2008

As hard as I’ve tried throughout my life, I just can’t seem to get away from the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” It all started back in high school when some friends of mine introduced me to it. At first I couldn’t stand it, but then I found myself getting sucked in when I would watch it in the break room of my department store summer job.

I definitely couldn’t shake “Days” during college as pretty much everyone watched it over lunch in the lounge areas. Once I graduated and entered the real world, I thought my days with the fictional town of Salem were long gone, but “Days” was a constant during lunch at my current job (which is funny because I work mainly with guys and we all needed our daily “Days” fix).

It seemed like everyone had their favorite characters. The girls all liked the hunky guy characters whether it was Bo or John Black (with his patented ‘smell the fart’ style of acting). Us guys were supposed to like one of the hot gals or at least one of the more macho guys. For some reason the guy I always rooted for was Abe Carver, Commander of the Salem Police Department (played by actor James Reynolds).

I don’t know why I was drawn to Abe. I think it was because he’s one of those underdog characters that has been on the show forever, never really got the good story lines, and was generally a good guy. Plus he’s got an impeccably groomed mustache.

My friends and I even decided to all write to our favorite actors to see if we could get some pictures to decorate our office walls. I wrote to James “Abe” Reynolds and eventually received an autographed picture. If I can dig it up I’ll scan it and post it here.

So where am I going with all of this? Well I thought I had finally parted ways with “Days” for good as I haven’t watched it for a few years now. Oh sure, from time to time I wonder what kind of shenanigans the gang from Salem are up to these days, but I’ve managed to give up “Days” without too many withdrawals.

I recently learned though that beginning on June 24th, “Days” will unveil a storyline where Abe and his wife on the show Lexie will begin to learn that their 3-year-old son Theo has autism. The head writer of the show has a child with autism and this inspired her to create a storyline involving autism. She worked closely with Autism Speaks to tell this story with as much respect as possible. You can read more about it here.

This should be really interesting to see how they handle this. Perhaps it will help families who have concerns that their child isn’t developing normally. Or it might just help educate those who don’t know much about autism.

So I guess I’ll be taping “Days” again. I don’t know that I’ll totally get sucked back in again though. I’ll just fast-foward to the parts with Abe. I always knew I picked a good character to root for.