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Thursday, April 3rd on PBS: Nueva York – The Impact of Autism on Hispanic Families

By March 31, 2014Blog

Brooklyn Letter’s Jocelyn Wood, a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, appears on this program.

nueva-yorkImpact of Autism on Hispanic Families

Special Episode of CUNY TV s Emmy -Winning Nueva York

Includes Family Story of Series Producer/Editor Gisela SandersAlc ntara

Begins Thursday, April 3, 2014 on CUNY TV and www.CUNY.TV cuny

As part of Autism Awareness Month in April, CUNY TV s Emmy Award-winning Nueva York series explores the complexities of autism for Hispanics, and how Hispanic families cope with often-late diagnosis and treatment.The multi-segment program sheds light on autism awareness, statistics, new treatments and approaches, andcommunity support mechanisms.

Finding out your child has autism is a life-changing experience, says Nueva York producer and editor Gisela Sanders-Alc ntara, who shares her own journey as a mother of a son, Simon, 5-1/2, diagnosed with autism.

But, apart from the shock, autism also opens doors of great discovery to other ways of living, to enlighteningexperiences to strengths which reveal themselves slowly and subtly, in one s child and in one s self.

Nueva York: Autism will begin Thursday, April 3 (2014) on CUNY TV and will be archived on for viewing anytime on The program will air on Thursday at 10am, 4pm and 10pm; Saturday 4/5 at 2:30pm;Thursday 4/10 at 10am, 4pm and 10pm; and Saturday 4/12 at 2:30pm. CUNY TV, the City University of NewYork television station, is broadcast in the New York metro area on digital Ch. 25.3, and is cablecast in the fiveboroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner Cable and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCNCable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).

Featured in the episode:

  • Patricio Lerzundi, Lehman College Professor and a host of Nueva York, interviews Dr. Marisela Huerta, a clinical psychologist of Mexican descent at the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the DevelopingBrain. Dr. Huerta outlines the importance of autism treatment, and the value of educational services for parents.
  • Ivan Garcia is an 18-year-old who has found a way to express himself in art and painting. Also featured is Ofelia Fuentes, Ivan s mother.
  • Gina Pe a-Campodonico, founder of Creando Comunidad Neurodiversa (Creating a Neurodiverse Community), talks about how to gather families to share information and support one another. And speech pathologist Jocelyn Wood consults with mothers on therapy techniques for their children, and how to create harmonious environments for autistic children in the classroom.
  • Nueva York producer/editor Gisela Sanders-Alc ntara shares her own family's journey, with husband, Dan, and her children, Simon and Natalia Akiba. She speaks with Anna Marie Dorelien, Special Education Teacherand Board Certified ABA specialist who explains why children of bilingual parents can have a late diagnosis.


Nueva York is dedicated to exploring the rich and diverse threads of Latino communities that weave throughout New York City. The series is broadcast in Spanish with English subtitles.

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