Thursday, August 14, 2008

NS Jumps on the Autism Bandwagon

Autism, a developmental disorder that affects one in every 150 children, will unexpectedly and profoundly change the life of Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato, Jr.) and his family in an ongoing storyline of “General Hospital: Night Shift.” The national organization Autism Speaks serves as a consultant to the show and worked with producers and writers to develop a true-to-life storyline. The SOAPnet primetime series, which is the network’s most-watched of all time, follows the lives of doctors, nurses and patients as they embark on journeys of self discovery, love and heartache. The show airs TUESDAYS at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT on SOAPnet.
In storyline, single father Jagger confronts the reality that his five-year-old son has autism. Together they begin a journey that will provide “General Hospital: Night Shift” viewers a sense of how families are affected by the disorder. On last night’s episode Stone was diagnosed with autism, and in the September 2nd episode, Jagger – who struggles to cope with the diagnosis as he watches his son begin therapy – will attend a parents’ support group that was cast with actors whose real-life children have autism.

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