A Backlight Encore!
Original Post: November 24, 2011
Family: Ed Asner has two generations of children with autism in his family.
- His son Charles Asner (b. 1987) has autism.
- His grandson Will through his son Matthew Asner has autism.
Autism Advocacy: Ed Asner has been an advocate for autism. He notes that autism is a pandemic and if the numbers keep growing it will be the norm to be on the Autism Spectrum and it will be abnormal to be outside of it (Thriving With Autism Blog, 10/20/2011).
Winston School Conversation Series: Ed Asner was the keynote speaker at the Winston School Conversation Series (June, 2009). He presented on the topic “Living Life on the Spectrum: Student and Parent Perspectives on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.”
Aspiritech: Ed Asner has served on the Board of Directors of Aspiritech, a company in Chicago that employs individuals with autism for technological testing services.
Fundraising: In November, 2012, it was announced that Ed Asner had invented a way for Autism Speaks to raise funds by getting celebrities to record personal greetings for individuals. The cost is $299 and the greetings must be PG (CBS LosAngeles, 11/21/2012, Ed Asner Invents Novel Fundraising Idea Using Celebrity Voices).
Media: Here are two parts of an interview Ed Asner did for the Faces of Autism documentary that is on YouTube.
Wikipedia Page: You can read more about Ed Asner on Ed Asner's Wikipedia Page.
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Photo: The photos used in this post is in the Public Domain. Image sources: Ed Asner (1985); Ed Asner (2006).