“A” is for Autism

“‘A’ is for Autism” brings a medical perspective to our series documenting the lives of police officers with autistic children.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Dr. Shulman is a developmental pediatrician with special expertise in autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Her research interests include early identification of autism, healthcare disparity in autism diagnosis and management, and complementary and alternative medicine usage in autism.

NYPD Lieutenant Walsh’s son, James, was diagnosed with autism 18 years ago. He is now 20 years old and finishing high school. The early intervention he received aided in his development into the young man he is today.

NYPD Police Officer Baskerville’s son, Omari, is 7 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Omari is receiving the therapy he needs at school and his parents are nurturing his independence every day. Officer Baskerville sees parents like Lt. Walsh, who have older autistic children, as role models.