Play sheds a light on Autism awareness

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(WBRE/ WYOU)- Parenting a child with autism has its rewards and challenges.
     Tonight, a play in Columbia County brought living with autism into the spotlight.

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ tells the story of a 15-year old named Christopher who is searching for the truth after his neighbor’s dog died. This play that was put on at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble shows the world through the eyes of a boy with autism. 

“To see sort of the inside of what his mind looks like. You kind of hope maybe, i can see a lit bit of her mind looks like and maybe that will help me out as a parent,” a panelist said.
this story hit home for diana lukeski because she also has a daughter with autism. 

Christopher’s story is just one of the many ways that autism can impact a person and their family.

After the play Lukeski and other parents shared their experiences.

“There are so many people that are on the autism spectrum. And there is no one set autistic person,” Lydia St. Clair said.

St. Clair not only performed in the play. She also has a daughter with autism. She hopes the play and panel discussion will teach people to be open. 

The director of the play decided to hold the panel discussions to keep the conversation going.

“I’m hoping that the other people who came had a similar experience of going ‘oh. I understand more. About the priviledge of being a parent of this kind of child and the challenges. And I think they are both,” Elizabeth Dowd, the play director said.

Don’t worry if you missed tonights performance. You can see it again Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. until April 14th.

There will be a ‘Talk Back’ conversation after every performance. Shows on Sunday will follow with panel discussions.
     One will cover autism and the community. 
     Another will explore autism in the workplace.

From Now until April 19th, you can also check out “Art on the Spectrum: Work by artists with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the Exchange Gallery.


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