Autism Chris Clackum is in for Mike Collins today. Every 20 minutes, another child is diagnosed with autism, a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Today, we meet representatives from two local groups, Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of North Carolina to talk about how the disorder affects families of individuals with autism, what the disorder is and how it's caused, and about new research done here in North Carolina that may help us understand and treat autism. Guests Michelle Preslar - Autism Speaks Nancy Popkin - Parent Advocate with the Autism Society of North Carolina and parent of a child with autism. Contact the show: 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323, firstname.lastname@example.org or comment at Charlotte Blogs.