Dads with autistic children get a place to learn, brag and vent

Husband noticed that no men showed up at an awareness group started by his wife

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune
By Rex W Huppke
September 15, 2008

James Harlan quickly saw good coming from the autism awareness program his wife started in west suburban Proviso Township. But as the group—aptly named The Answer Inc.—grew larger, Harlan noticed something missing at its meetings.

“Where are the men?” he asked his wife, Debra Vines. “Where are the fathers? It was all women.”

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Families seek autism answers

Conference brings parents together

By Rex W. Huppke
Chicago Tribune
Published Sunday, May 27, 2007

Shawn Dennis, the father of two autistic children, came from Ohio to Rosemont this Memorial Day weekend seeking what most parents affected by this enigmatic disorder hunger for: hope.

At a conference called “Roadmap to Recovery,” organized by the national advocacy group Autism One, hope came in a dizzying array of treatments and products, from portable hyperbaric chambers, omega oils and potent
vitamin supplements to acupuncture and infrared saunas aimed at sweating out toxins. There were booths offering sailing therapy, auditory integration training and tips on gluten-free cooking.

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