Posted by: Regina | November 1, 2007

The Help Group Salutes 38 Families Featured in Dr. Barbara Firestone’s New Book ‘Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge’

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Gary Cole, The Help Group National Celebrity Spokesperson, and his wife Teddi are featured in the new book titled “Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge.” They are parents of an autistic child and work to promote autism awareness.

On Sunday afternoon, October 28th more than 150 guests attended a special reception at The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks Campus to salute the 38 families featured in “Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge,” by Dr. Barbara Firestone, President & CEO of The Help Group and Vice Chair, California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

In ” Autism Heroes “, Dr. Firestone provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Firestone engages the families in powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives set against the backdrop of her insightful essays about dignity, hope, opportunity and love, which are so fundamentally important in their lives. Through its words and images, this book offers a lifeline of support, insight, encouragement and hope.

This special event included an invocation by The Help Group’s Village Glen recorder ensemble and a heartwarming performance by The Help Group Children’s Choir. During the program a video clip of Gary and Teddi Cole, one of the families interviewed for the book was shown. They spoke of the challenges they confronted, the importance of access to quality information, and the importance of speaking openly about autism to reduce the stigma. The Coles are active autism advocates, wrote one of the book’s forewords, and Gary is The Help Group National Celebrity Spokesperson. Gary is starring in the upcoming HBO series, “12 Miles of Bad Road” with Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place.

Here is hoping that many will buy the book when it is released on November 15th. Click on the picture to go to the book’s website.

Source: PR Web – The Help Group Salutes 38 Families Featured in Dr. Barbara Firestone’s New Book ‘Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge’

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