Heroes Helping Heroes

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It’s only natural to want to help others when you’re a doctor, it’s part of the job.  Dr. Wendy Ross, a developmental behavioral pediatrician diagnoses children with autism and is very familiar with where resources for the disease are being allocated.  She says resources in autism go toward research but necessarily doesn’t help families now.  “What I heard from my families was that what was keeping them up at night — how are they going to do activities the next day and how independent their children were going to be one day when they’re gone.”

So in 2010, Dr. Ross launched a nonprofit called Autism Inclusion Resources or AIR which helps families navigate challenges within a public setting.  The program is held at airports, museums and stadiums around the nation.  Her work landed her as one of CNN’s Heroes 2014 top ten finalists.  The network’s program which honors everyday people who change the world will reveal the 2014 CNN Hero on Sunday December 7, 2014 at 8 pm.