Saturday, November 19, 2011

Film Explores Struggle Accepting Autism

NEW YORK -- Charles Jones is telling the little family secret about autism that few people talk about openly: That many fathers of children with special needs have a tough time facing it.
“I felt a lot of guilt, shame, a lot of things—anger. Didn’t know who to be mad at. God, why did you do this to him? What did this little boy do?” says Jones.
Jones' son Charles Malik was diagnosed with autism as a toddler in 2006, and the filmmaker says he was overwhelmed and even embarrassed.
"There was a time I couldn’t talk about my son’s condition. When I told my dad, I begged him, please don’t tell anybody," says Jones.

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