Autism Corner: News Anchor Ditches CNN to Create Clothing Line for Kids with Autism
[Source: The Observer]
A study found that mothers of kids with autism have stress levels comparable to those of combat soldiers.
The mental strain stems from both the constant feeling that “anything can happen” and the frustrations associated with the seemingly simple day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted. One such activity that the majority of people can’t even fathom to be so difficult is getting dressed. And we’re not talking about choosing the perfect outfit; we mean physically putting on clothes—a task that takes 30 minutes or more for many with low-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is a daily struggle for 21 million Americans with various disabilities.
Former CNN anchor Lauren Thierry knows this to be true. Her 17-year-old son Liam has low functioning ASD, and when her search for a solution to the many clothing problems associated with his disorder came up empty, she created her own. After ditching the limelight to care for her son and film a documentary called Autism Every Day, she founded Independence Day Clothing, a line of GPS-enabled clothes that eases parents’ safety worries while making it simpler than ever for those with disabilities to dress themselves.
“Because I’ve had someone with autism in my family for so long, I’ve been able to see what works and what doesn’t work,” Ms. Thierry told The Observer. “I’ve had a focus group in my own home this whole time.”
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