The first ever weekly TV show on autism is to be launched by Information TV through its Sky, FreeSat and web channels. Autism File is a weekly program dedicated to supporting and informing people and families living with autism.
Autism is a worldwide issue that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency; the program series will cover subjects from how to get a diagnosis and what a diagnosis means, through implications for education, health, puberty, teen-issues and family life; how siblings deal with autism in the family, adults with autism in the workplace and what the future holds. Autism File looks at all aspects of the condition.
Host Polly Tommey is the mother of a teenage son with autism; she is Editor-in-Chief of The Autism File Global and Founder of The Autism Trust non-profit. Polly will travel to autism conferences around the world, reporting on the very latest findings; she will interview families, parents, and people with autism bringing their experience and advice to your screen.
“For the past 12 years I have been answering the phones and meeting parents desperate for help in the most basic areas,” says Polly. “The number of people being diagnosed with autism is rising rapidly; we need to find out why. Many parents report that their children have chronic health problems, particularly in relation to the bowel. Why? Parents are waiting up to 7 years for a diagnosis. Why? We know that the earlier we get help to these children the better the outcome. Parents have had to set up schools and colleges themselves. Why? And now these same parents prepare for the future as the lack of facilities for adults becomes increasingly obvious. Autism File will be reporting on all of these issues and more. Our programs are edited and put together by Andrew Dobosz. Andrew is 23; he is extremely talented and has excellent attention to detail. Most production companies have a full team but Andrew, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, produces the entire programme on his own. The Autism Media Channel is most proud and grateful to be working with someone of Andrew’s caliber and skill.
Photo: Polly speaking with Carol Stott
Starting from Monday 7th February Autism File goes out on Information TV at 4.30 pm on Mondays. It is repeated at 7.00pm on Thursdays and 12.00 on Sundays (All times GMT). The programme can be seen on Sky TV – 166; FreeSat 402 or on the web at www.information.tv or via the Autism File website at www.autismfile.com