Tisha Campbell-Martin Creates Film and Helps Parents of Children With Autism

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2011 Hoodie Awards - ArrivalsBy: Krystle Crossman

Tisha Campbell-Martin has a 12 year old son. His name is Xen. When he was diagnosed with autism, Campbell-Martin became an advocate for mothers of autistic children everywhere. She and her husband, Duane Martin, have dedicated their time to spreading awareness about autism to other parents.

In 2011 she created a film with other mothers of autistic children called Colored My Mind. The short film is going to be screened at the MegaFest International Faith and Film Festival which takes place over Labor Day weekend. She has also published a book that is titled My Brother Doesn’t Want to Play which is meant to help siblings of autistic children deal and teaches them how to deal with having a sibling who is “different” from society’s standards.

During an interview with Essence.com she spoke about the film and also spoke about how African-Americans can become more educated about autism and change their perception of it. She also spoke about how her son is dealing with it now that he is almost a teenager.

When asked about the film and what it entailed, Campbell-Martin stated that it was about autism and how African-American children often get diagnosed years later than children who are Caucasian. She also said that the film won at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. She explains that she believes that the late diagnosis is because it is not discussed enough in African-American and Hispanic communities, so people don’t know the early warning signs.

When asked about her son, she said that he tells her he doesn’t have autism anymore. He was diagnosed as an infant and did not speak for a long time. He now has a girlfriend and is not in any special needs classes, in order to keep him integrated with the other kids at school.

She hopes that people will walk away from the film festival with a better understanding of autism and the early warning signs so that children are diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

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    • YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT NANCY OTT….THEY SHOULD CREATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN W/ AUTISM TO SEE SPECIALIST(S) /ASSIST IN HEALTHCARE COSTS & DEFINITELY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AUTISTIC TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS.

  1. I have worked with children diagnoised with autism for many years There are Autistic students that have been able to recieve financial assistance to attend college Early diagnosis of autism is extremely important for effective educational and social planning to be developed. Parents can consult their local school district and request an evaluation to make a determination of eligibility for educational services under Individuals with Disabilities Act(IDEA).

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    This article was very encouraging to me!!!! I am a black mother of an 8 yr old autistic son…to hear Tisha’s son is communicating & has a girlfriend gives me hope. I thank God for her efforts to bring autistic awareness.

  3. I am encouraged when I read about celebrities who take the time to invest in empowering families dealing with autism. I am searching for programs I can get in to so I can earn mymasters in speech pathology. My focus is autism and the cause if the rising incidence.bits very difficult finding and funding an education towards this program. After reading this article I am more determined than ever. Thank you Trisha Campbell-Martin! My young nephews are diagnosed as being autistic and my sister and her husband have had to employ the use of an attorney to sue the school system. My nephew did not receive the education nor did the school meet his educational needs tat they promised. Black families really suffer and I want to be a part of the solution.

  4. Back in the day it used to be called “Retardation”. Why are we trying to sugar coat it by calling it “Autism”??

    • Corbin56! you are about as dumb as they come. Retardation and Autism are different diagnosis. I hope you are not a parent. Go read a book on Autism. I’m sure you were diagnosed as retarded as a kid! please don’t comment about things you know nothing about. Have a seat!!

  5. SO WHAT DONT BE SO HARSH CALLING AUTUSM RETARTED.ITS CALLED AUTISM NOW OUR CHILDREN NEEDS Love AND AFFECTION GEt A LIFE DONT TALK ABOUT DISEASE LIKE THAT GO SOMEWHERE AND SIT YOUR IGNORANT ASS DOWN NOBODY HAS TIME FOR THAT TYPE OF ATTITUDE AND BASHUNG YOU SHOULD BE SHAME OFF YOURSRLF!!!!

  6. @Corbin56: Retardation and Autism are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Retardation is a MENTAL disability, Autism is a DEVELOPMENTAL disability.

    My 5yo was diagnosed a year ago. I knew early on (18mos) that something was ‘different’ because he wasn’t developing/progressing as fast as his twin.

    Kudos to Tisha for bringing awareness to the black/hispanic communities.

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