COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – “The Autism Puzzle,” NBC4’s half-hour special created to raise awareness and provide information on autism spectrum disorder aired Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Hosted by NBC4 anchor Jerod Smalley, the presentation focused on a broad range of ASD topics, including diagnosis, therapies, personal stories, local programs and support for families.

Viewers learned how a family is working to solve a long-term housing problem for adults on the spectrum by creating a supportive model community in a location with close access to transportation, grocery stores and other basics.

The special included details about Nationwide Children’s lecture program, The Family Echo Series, for parents and caregivers about all stages of autism from diagnosis to long-term care and support.

Plus, one family told their unique story about how early diagnosis led them to a local organization that made all the difference in their lives.

And the show featured a local 29-year-old artist whose paintings are receiving a lot of attention, with high hopes for the future.