WBEZ | awareness http://www.wbez.org/tags/awareness Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Chicago group provides training for autism services in countries where the disorder often goes undiagnosed http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/global-activism-chicago-group-provides-training-autism-services-countrie <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/aaction training7.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Recent studies estimate that globally, about 1 in 100 people have autism.&nbsp; But in developing countries, many know nothing of the developmental disorder and services are minimal. The city of Delhi, India has just two diagnosticians.&nbsp; That’s why autism educator Christopher Flint started the Chicago based <a href="http://www.aactionautism.org/" target="_blank">Autism Awareness Campaign Through International Organizations Networking</a>, or AACTION Autism. We’ll talk with Christopher about the organization’s efforts to improve perceptions and treatment of the disorder in developing countries.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Chicago Public Media&nbsp;(WBEZ)&nbsp;has not independently investigated any persons or organizations that appear on the Global Activism series and does not endorse any such person or organization.</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/global-activism-chicago-group-provides-training-autism-services-countrie Organ donor awareness day in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/awareness/organ-donor-awareness-day-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Health Care Generic_Getty_Christopher Furlong.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It's Organ Donor Awareness Day in and around Chicago.</p><p>Cook County board officials have adopted a resolution giving Tuesday that designation as a way to educate area residents about organ donations.</p><p>County officials say that there are more than 5,000 people waiting for organ transplants in Illinois.</p><p>Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele was the recipient of an organ donation himself last year. He says his experience drove home the importance of educating area residents about the organ-donation process.</p><p>The non-profit organization, the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, has taken a leading role in the issue, It's the federally designated organ-procurement group that coordinates organ donations in the northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/awareness/organ-donor-awareness-day-chicago