News Release

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or George.Stinnett@chkd.org

Free Workshop for Professionals, Parents Presented by CHKD and Kohl's

October 18: The Many Faces of Autism

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—A free public workshop exploring the many misconceptions and lack of understanding about autism in American society will be presented by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores on October 18, 7-9 p.m., at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center, 1st floor conference room, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News.

The workshop is entitled “The Many Faces of Autism” and will focus on what it is like to have a condition many in society call mysterious and how one would feel if their child never was invited to a birthday party or play date.

Featured presenters are mother and son team Keri Bowers and Taylor Cross, co-directors of a documentary feature film about autism, “Normal People Scare Me.” Cross, 17, is a high school student who is autistic, and he produced the film about his and other kids’ experiences to help people understand the developmental disorder. The film will be shown during the workshop.

The inspiration for the film project began when Taylor was 15 and anxious to share his personal experiences with others. The film features 65 interviews with individuals having autism and challenges the myths and perceptions about existing stereotypes and autism. Keri and Taylor are on a current international tour. They have been featured on CNN, PBS and numerous other radio and television shows.

For more information about the film, visit www.normalfilms.com.

The workshop is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit www.chkd.org/classes where information about future workshops also is available.

The workshop is part of a series of lectures to help parents and professionals build stronger relationships with their children. The series is made possible by a $56,557 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign.