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Mrs. Virginia International Talks Autism - What You Can Do

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Mrs. Virginia International, Heather Thompson, will be on our show to talk about autism, her involvement, and what you can do to help! When her oldest son was 5, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with Autism - making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. As Heather learned more about the Autism Spectrum, she realized that more teachers need to be educated on how to deal with Autistic students of all levels. Heather has since aligned herself with Autism Speaks, and serves as the Chairperson for their Richmond Walk Now for Autism School Teams Committee. In addition to being an advocate for Autism, Heather coordinates clothing donations for underprivileged school children within her community. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Western Governors University. Heather and her husband Kirk have been married for 11 years and are the proud parents of two boys.