A conversation about the autism spectrum

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In the metro area, 1 in 42 eight-year-old children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That's a rate slightly higher than the national average.

As we observe Autism Awareness Month, we tood a look at the services available in Minnesota and what more we can do.

MPR News host Angela Davis interviewed a doctor, a mother, and a program provider about living with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges they face, and their hopes for the future.

Guests

•Dr. Suma Jacob — director of the Autism Research Program at the University of Minnesota

• Rachel Gardner — director of the Fraser Center of Excellence

•Peg Reagan — mother whose son, Jimmy, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder more than 20 years ago

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.