Entertainers Toni Braxton and Bill Cosby are scheduled to appear on the Larry King Live show on CNN Wednesday March 21 to discuss autism. They're making this appearance in advance of a concert they will headline on April 9 at Lincoln Center in New York to benefit Autism Speaks.
Like the just-released MTV film "True Life: I'm Autistic" this CNN telecast is an awareness exercise for the broad segments of the American public who have little knowledge or awareness of autism spectrum disorders, or what it's like to have a family member with autism. (See more about the MTV show here.)
Larry King's website says this about the scheduled show: "Bill Cosby and Toni Braxton speak out on the epidemic affecting 1 in 150 children. As autism cases soar, what's behind the rise?"
Braxton is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who recently learned her youngest son has an autism spectrum disorder. She says on her website that the news prompted her to become a national spokeswoman for Autism Speaks.
Cosby is both an entertainer and an educator. It will be interesting to hear what both have to say to a public who is very interested in them and may not know much about autism.
You can see a press release from Autism Speaks about the April 9 concert in New York by clicking here.