Today, we continue our week-long series â€śBeing a Caregiver in Iowa.â€ť Yesterday we looked at professional caregivers, who face low pay and lack of training. In most cases, however, the responsibilities of direct care-giving fall to families. When it comes to families with an autistic child, this work can last a lifetime. In Part Two of our series, Iowa Public Radio correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to West Des Moines, where we meet the parents of an autistic boy, and their teenage daughter, who keeps an eye on her kid brother.
Most view Autism as a devastating disorder- one that needs to be curedâ€”but could it be viewed as a form of diversity? We listen back to Ben Kiefferâ€™s conversation with two Grinnell residents, Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese, parents of an autistic child. They are the editors of a special issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly entitled "Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity".Â Then, a Syracuse college student diagnosed with Autism joins the conversation.