Episode Eleven - Lisa Price

The month of April is "Autism Awareness Month" and represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. I received several emails about an extraordinary woman named Lisa Price, who has taken her own family's challenges with Autism and used them to help others.

In September 2002, co-founders Jim and Lisa Price established JACK’S PLACE in the name of their then seven-year-old son Jackson who is autistic  Jack's Place was created after Lisa and her husband struggled to find adequate resources, support and education about the disorder. Lisa and I spoke in length about the stress, confusion and her overall personal struggles, as well as what the average family goes through while trying to parent a child with Autism.

Listen to the podcast and hear for yourself why Lisa is a "WCSX Woman Who Rocks".

JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing support, education, compassion, and a comprehensive array of services to help families cope with the “day to day” challenges of autism.

On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


In the 2nd half of the podcast Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb and I discuss a book that was later turned into a series on Netflix. The series is called "13 Reasons Why" and tackles sexual assault, drugs, drinking and suicide. The original book has made a list of the 10 most banned or challenged books of 2017.

The novel written by Jay Asher was first published 10 years ago. The book tells the story of high school student Hannah Baker, who kills herself and leaves behind a box of 13 cassette tapes that detail the reasons for her suicide and call out the people she holds responsible.

Cyndy talks about why although the topics covered in the book are considered controversial, they need to be discussed. She also explained how one sexual assault survivor she helped, used the Netflix series to explain how she was feeling.

April is "Sexual Assault Awareness" Month, and Turning Point Macomb has several events planned. We discuss how you can support those you love who are survivors and get help to those who need it.


(Cyndy Schalter-Salsido)


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