Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism
August 20, 2014
Source - KING 5 TV
In a split second photographer Charlie Cutugno captures a rare moment with 22-year-old Alyssa Burnett’s eye seem to express homes and dreams, just like any woman her age. “She’s speaking to you with her eyes, which is what she does, it’s definitely the eyes,” said Barbara Burnett, Alyssa’s mom. The photographs hang in the hall of Barbara and Charlie Burnett’s home and showcase their daughter as the beautiful young adult she is. However, autism prevents Alyssa from taking care of herself. Children on the autism spectrum and their families have more resources than ever before, but a gap existed when they aged out of the school system. Now, Seattle Children’s is helping fill that need with a program that started with this family’s dream. Tammy Mitchel and Dr. Gary Stobbe are featured in this story.