November 17, 2010

Media/Researchers Looking for Autism Families

I have gotten a round of requests to post searches for parents to do media or sign up for research. So I thought I would post them together:

My name is Latasha Kennedy and I am assisting, Mischelle Miller-Raftery, a doctoral student in psychology at California Southern University. She is conducting a study on potential prenatal environmental triggers of autism. Ms. Raftery is looking to survey at least 50 mothers raising children who have been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified); and 20 mothers whose children have not been diagnosed.

As a result, we would like to extend the opportunity for your readers to participate in this study, as it could potentially help professionals and mothers make informed decisions with regards to environmental exposures and life style choices during pregnancy in an effort to reduce the recurrence of autism.

If you are interested in posting the survey to your website, please let me know and I will forward you the link. Also, you are welcome to contact me via email at with any additional questions about the study.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,
Latasha Kennedy

Latasha Michelle Kennedy
Phone: 301.873.3236

I am the Director of Development at Pie Town Productions, a Los Angeles based television production company. I came across your organization while researching Aspergers and autism support groups throughout the nation.

We are in the early stages of developing a new show about families with multiple children that have Aspergers syndrome and/or high functioning autism. I’m contacting you to see if you could share our information on blog or possibly suggest other resources to help us get the word out.

We think this could be an amazing opportunity to shed light on misconceptions surrounding an individual's ability to live a fulfilling life with this disorder(s). Our intent is to produce a thoughtful and respectful series that will lead to a greater understanding and sensitivity about Aspergers and/or Autism through the real-life perspectives of the family members featured.

A little about us...Pie Town Productions is an award-winning company that was founded in 1995. We have produced over 3,200 episodes of programming in a variety of formats from daily series to network specials to weekly reality shows. Our client list over the last fifteen-plus years includes: Discovery, TLC, Paramount, A&E, WE, Lifetime Television, Logo, CMT, Discovery Heath, the Food Network, and HGTV. We've brought over 44 series, 36 special projects, and 1 feature documentary to the market, including the Emmy-award winning A Baby Story. We are currently producing the new Food Network hit, Meat and Potatoes and WE's new family docu-soap, Downsized. To see more about our programming go to

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me directly for further information.

Thanks very much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards --

Ally Weinberg
Director of Development
Pie Town Productions
5433 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91607
818-255-9279 (Direct Line)
818-255-9333 (Fax)

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