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Autism (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-30

Duration: 00:11:13

Subjects: Health | Autism | People with mental disabilities


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Reporter
  • Nethery, Pat Interviewee
  • Flusche, Debbie Interviewee
  • White, Norma Interviewee
  • Stewart, Alma Interviewee


This segment from the November 30, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on autism. His report covers the symptoms of autism, the services available to children living with the disease, and the problems with identifying autistic kids. He interviews: Pat Nethery, an autism counselor; Debbie Flusche and Norma White, the mothers of autistic children; and Alma Stewart, the coordinator of autism services with the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources. Host: Beth Courtney