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Published on May 29, 2008
People are becoming more aware about autism and its affects on children, but there is still a huge deficit of knowledge. This gap even exists in the scientific and health communities as new studies and research prove and disprove long-held beliefs about the disorder and even call into question vaccines and other potential causes of autism.
In recent years, high profile people like Jenny McCarthy have stepped forward to further the conversation about autism spectrum disorders. As the spokesperson for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), McCarthy has been able to bring autism into the spotlight so that other parents with autistic children will have an easier time coping and helping their kids flourish.
It is with this same spirit of trailblazing activism that Ida Schuman took her own steps to address the hardships of raising on autistic child. Life in the small, unincorporated town of Dime Box, Texas was difficult for the Schumans as they tried to find the resources they needed to care for their son. They made the admirable decision to take the groundwork they laid for their own family and start a resource center at the Dime Box ISD Library, which is also the public library.
Taking this step places Dime Box well ahead of many other towns in the area, including the larger ones that probably have a greater number of autistic children, and therefore a greater need for something like this center. Ida's work, and the work of those she rallied to the cause, will serve all of the families, teachers, and even students with the tools and information they need.