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Segment 3 (A Separate People: Autism) #496613

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1978
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(Studio) Report is 1st of 2 on autistic people.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Palo Alto, California) Michael's case given as example of autistic person. Details about effects of autism given. Discovery of teacher at special school in Palo Alto, California, that Michael has taught self to read photographically noted; his responses to multiple choice questions reported to be his only means of communication. [The Morgan Center director Louise EMERSON - says Michael has told her through multiple choice questions that he amuses self by reading photographically and isn't frustrated, but satisfied with the way things are.] Michael's favorite reading said to be about cosmology, origin of universe; his discussion of subject, via multiple choice questions on computer at Stanford University, mentioned. Michael's special case even among autistic people described. Autism reported to show up within 1st two and one-half years of life; cause said unknown. [EMERSON - says there is no place in present order of things for Michael and places will have to be made for other children.] Upcoming report on places autistic children usu. end up outlined.

Chancellor, John;
Hart, John

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