A conversation about the autism spectrum

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.


Grow the Future of Public Media

MPR News is Member supported public media. Show your support today, donate, and ensure access to local news and in-depth conversations for everyone.

•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.