Press Release: UCTV Joins National Autism Awareness Month With Programming in April (3/21/2007)


LA JOLLA, March 21 - April is National Autism Awareness Month and UCTV, the national satellite channel of the University of California, is joining the campaign with a line-up of autism-related programming throughout the month. With access to some of the leading experts in the field throughout the UC system, UCTV's featured programming highlights some of the groundbreaking scientific research being done to uncover the disorder's causes and develop groundbreaking treatments and therapies to give families hope for the future.

UCTV also offers an extensive video archive of programs about neurodevelopmental disorders from the renowned UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute available for free and on-demand at

UCTV's National Autism Awareness Month program schedule follows (all times ET/PT).

Tuesday, April 3 at Noon
Designing Clinical Trials in Autism: Keep it Simple, Keep it Real
Lawrence Scahill, Professor of Nursing and Child Psychology at Yale, examines the effectiveness of certain study designs and provides some useful techniques for improving clinical trial studies.

Monday, April 16 at 9:30pm
Structured Teaching Environments Promoting Success: Beyond Basic Structure
Karen Honkala and Liz Zastrow present an overview of effective visual structure supports for students of all age levels in the classroom, community and on the job and practical strategies for using them.

Monday, April 23 at 8pm
Vaccines and Autism, Is There a Connection? A Thoughtful Debate with Authors David Kirby and Arthur Allen
Why are so many children in the U.S. diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Is there a connection between Vaccines and Autism? In this program, two nationally recognized journalists will debate this topic. Join Arthur Allen, author of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, and David Kirby author of Evidence of Harm, as they present both sides of this debate.

Monday, April 23 at 9:30pm
Health Matters: Autism Update
We hear more and more about Autism in the news. But what is the latest research indicating? Join Dr. Granet as he talks with a leading expert on the topic, Doris Trauner, M.D., from UCSD's Department of Neurosciences. The newest advances and theories on Autism will be discussed.

Monday, April 23 at 10pm
Medication Treatment in Autism: What Really Works
Lawrence Scahill, professor of Nursing and Child Psychiatry at Yale, discusses several studies examining the effectiveness of certain medications in easing some of the symptoms found in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Tuesday, April 24 at 9pm
The Science And Fiction of Autism: How To Tell The Difference And Why It Is Important To Do So
What do we know and what do we not know about autism? How can parents, educators and the general public cut through the hype, the unproven and the blatantly bogus? Join renowned autism researcher Laura Schreibman and find out.

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