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National Autism Association Maintains Support of Travoltas Despite Whoopi Goldberg's Mistaken Comments on ABC's 'The View'
Date:9/29/2009

e criticized for how they choose to handle the diagnosis. "Wendy was actually voicing her frustration about those who have criticized the couple for not coming forward sooner about their son's diagnosis," stated NAA Executive Director Rita Shreffler.

The organization says they were disappointed to hear the comments made by Ms. Goldberg, but understands that there may have been some confusion on her part. "NAA is here to support families and fellow parents," stated Board Chair Lori McIlwain. "This debate does not serve anyone. As a nation, we need to instead focus on helping those affected by autism, which now affects 1 in 100 children."

ABOUT NAA

The National Autism Association was founded in 2003 with the mission to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders. First and foremost an advocacy nonprofit, NAA educates society that autism is not a lifelong incurable genetic disorder but one that is biomedically definable and treatable. For the last six years, NAA has raised public and professional awareness of environmental toxins as causative factors in neurological damage that often results in an autism or related diagnosis. One of the largest member-based autism organizations in the country, NAA encourages those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential.

The organization has five programs:

  • Helping Hand Program: provides financial aid to families affected by autism
  • Family First Program: provides tools to counter the rising divorce rates among autism families
  • FOUND: a program designed to combat wandering-related deaths by providing funding to Sheriff offices for Project Lifesaver Equipment
  • Progress Research: a fund directed towards impactful research studies
  • NAA's National Autism Conference: a four-day conference that provides balanced information to fami
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