Monday, April 25, 2011

PBS 'NewsHour' shines spotlight on efforts of Bronx Autism school

PBS 'NewsHour' shines spotlight on efforts of Bronx Autism school

A Bronx school for children with autism stars on television tonight.

A PBS "NewsHour" segment at 7 p.m. features Public School 176X in Co-op City. It serves nearly 700 children with the disorder.

Part of a "NewsHour" series on autism hosted by legendary news anchor Robert MacNeil, the segment compares PS 176X with a small charter school in Manhattan that boasts one teacher for every student.

It also looks at the heart-wrenching impacts of the disorder on parents, such as Jesse Mojica, education director for Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and grandparents, like MacNeil.

"So often, we parents feel powerless to help," Mojica said yesterday. His son has attended PS176X.




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