The Eagles organization is in the spotlight for their Eagles Autism Challenge. Ryan Hammond, the program’s Executive Director, talks about the large fundraising event, which is expected to attract thousands of people who can run or cycle to raise money for innovative research for autism, one of the fastest growing disorders in the country. The Nolte family also shares their story and the inspiration for their team, “Team 1 in 68,” for the Eagles Autism Challenge.
Also featured is Arianna Esposito, a behavior analyst from the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, who lends her expertise to the topic. Emily McClure, executive director of The Barn at Spring Brook Farm in West Chester, talks about the farm as a healing alternative for people of various abilities. They are also joined by Dr. Page Buck of West Chester University, who explains the results of research on the bond between humans and animals and how it is helping people including those affected by autism.
Watch the PHL 17 In Focus featuring Autism Awareness.