Sumiton student, mom to be featured on TV in conjunction with autism awareness
by Jennifer Cohron
May 08, 2012 | 1738 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Edie Hand, right, interviews Pam Black for the RFD-TV program ‘Rx for Healthy Lifestyles’ that was dedicated to autism awareness. Black’s son has autism. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Edie Hand, right, interviews Pam Black for the RFD-TV program ‘Rx for Healthy Lifestyles’ that was dedicated to autism awareness. Black’s son has autism. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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A Sumiton student and his mom will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” dedicated to autism awareness.

Local author and television personality Edie Hand interviewed Ed Foust and his mother, Pam Black, for the program, which airs weekly on the cable and satellite channel RFD-TV.

The segment was filmed at Sumiton Elementary/Middle School during Autism Awareness Month in April.

Black recalled how overwhelmed she felt when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

“I realized that I wasn’t breathing. It’s that emotional. I could not get past what I had just been told to even take a breath,” Black said in one of the clips from the show.

Other guests on the program include singer/songwriter Ashley Harris, who has two children with autism; musician Jerry Bridges, who has a special needs granddaughter; and Hand’s co-host, Dr. Daniel Potts.

Other installments of “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” have focused on childhood cancer, drug and alcohol addiction, bone health, appearance, relationships and art and music therapy.

“I have never seen so many people in so much physical or emotional pain around this country. We want to give them phone numbers, free information and highlight their stories,” Hand said.

The “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” autism special is scheduled to air next Sunday on RFD-TV.