/ Modified apr 20, 2018 8:38 a.m.

Understanding Autism From the Inside Out

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Are National Guard troops really needed at the US-Mexico border? And, remembering radio legend Carl Kasell.

autism walk hero 2 The Autism Society of Southern Arizona's Autism Walk & Resource Fair. The 2019 event will be at the Kino Sports Complex on Saturday, April 6th.
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Featured on the April 20, 2018 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • On President Trump's request, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is sending National Guard troops to the U.S. / Mexico border to assist with Border Patrol operations. Nancy Montoya investigates where the National Guard reinforcements could be needed the most.
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  • NPR listeners around the world were saddened this week to learn of the death of news legend and "Score Keeper Emeritus" Carl Kasell at age 84. Hear excerpts from Mark's 2009 interview with Kasell, who talks about his love of magic tricks, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and to what he attributed his enduring popularity with female fans.

Carl Kasell unsized image VIEW LARGER The late, veteran NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell, in 2010.
© 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography

The roundtable includes: Hattie Groskind, a senior graduating from the University of Arizona in May. Her major is Care, Health, and Society, with minors in Public Health and Social Leadership. She is autistic, and does her best to share her voice and story and to raise awareness, acceptance, and compassion for those on the spectrum. Grosskind is now on the Autism Society of Southern Arizona's board of directors.

Edgar Castillo, owner and curator of The Happy Saguaro in Tucson, places great value in being involved in the community and supporting the cause that is close to his heart Edgar’s son Caleb has autism, and he attends Autism Society programs.

Brie Seward is the Associate Director of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona. Brie’s son Seb was diagnosed with autism at age three. Prior to joining the Autism Society, Seward is also a University of Arizona Leadership Education fellow in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, aka LEND.

autism roundtable unsized image VIEW LARGER Brie Seward, Edgar Castillo & Hattie Groskind in the AZPM radio studio.
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autism walk group spotlight Participants in the 2017 Autism Walk & Resource Fair.
courtesy Autism Society Southern Arizona
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