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Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism’

'Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism'

GUEST:

Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, "Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism."

Transcript

Of all the mysteries of autism, one of the most baffling is how the condition causes some children to seem to forget what they know. Once-healthy, talkative toddlers suddenly stop speaking and seem almost to disappear before their parents eyes.

That's what happened to 2-year-old Owen Suskind.

Back in the early '90s he was diagnosed with regressive autism. But that's not where the story ends. Through an obsession with Disney movies, his family's devotion and his own determination, Owen found a way back to connect with the world.

His dad has written a book about the family's journey. Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His book is called "Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism."

Ron Suskind will be speaking in the San Diego area at an event called "Building Bridges" on Oct. 17 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Building Bridges Event

Oct. 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Event features Pulitzer-prize winning author Ron Suskind and a Disney musical presentation by the Palomar Symphony Orchestra.

For ticket information online.

Suskind is collaborating with the non-profit TERI (Training, Education, Research & Innovation), an organization supporting more than 600 San Diego families with children and adults who have autism and special needs.

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