Tag: Autism in African-American Children

Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Champ Christine Michael Takes Houston Teen Taylor Kirkwood to Prom

Christine Michael

For most, prom night is one of the most memorable moments of a young girls life. For 18-year-old Taylor Kirkwood, Saturday night was her special night.  Kirkwood had everything a girl could ask for: the perfect earrings, perfect bracelet and the perfect pink dress.  In another room her date to the Anahuac High School prom was getting ready as well. He’s plays football but not for the high school team.

He’s Christine Michael, running back for the super bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  “I’m just here for Taylor,” Michael said. “It’s a blessing. Like I said, she’s a beautiful kid. I’m very proud of her.”  Turns out the former Texas A&M star is a friend of Kirkwood’s family and he agreed to take Kirkwood to her high school prom.  “I think he’s cute,” Kirkwood said.

Her family wanted to do something special for her because she hasn’t always had picture perfect days like these.  Kirkwood is diagnosed with autism, and up until surgery a couple of years ago she battled scoliosis, making a night like her prom all the more special.

“I’m so happy to go dance and have a good time,” Kirkwood said.

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UCLA Awarded $10M Grant to Study Autism in African-Americans

Areva Martin, Esq.
Areva Martin of the Special Needs Network

NBC Southern California – The National Institutes of Health awarded UCLA a grant to study the genetic causes of autism in African-American children.  Areva Martin of the Special Needs Network says “there’s a void” of qualified health care officials to make the diagnosis in communities like South LA.  The study hopes to change that, and aims to recruit at least 600 African-American families who have a child diagnosed with autism.

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article by Dr. Bruce Hensel via thegrio.com