Ron Suskind’s son, Owen, is 23. That would be unremarkable except that Owen has autism, says Mr. Suskind, the Cambridge-based Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. For young people with autism, age 22 and beyond is a time of uncertainty because they no longer qualify for many of the services and programs that have been part of their lives for many years.

That’s why the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital fills a crucial need by providing a continuum of care for people with autism from childhood through their adult years. Because these services are not fully covered by medical insurance, philanthropic donations play a critical role.

On November 4, Mr. Suskind will join Ina Garten, the “Barefoot Contessa” of Food Network fame, for a special evening to benefit the Lurie Center for Autism, “A Seat at the Table.”

Mr. Suskind will speak about his family’s journey raising a child with autism as described in his new book, “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”

“Our family is only one of 500,000 families in the United States who are facing the prospect of an ASD child transitioning into adulthood over the next decade,” Mr. Suskind says. “The Lurie Center has assumed the challenge of supporting the children and nourishing and lifting the growing community of ASD adults—this, at its core, is a civil rights issue; and now is the time to champion those who are leading the charge.”

To find out more about the Lurie Center for Autism or to participate in the “A Seat at the Table” benefit on November 4, contact us.

Video of Ron Suskind and His Son, Owen, who Has Autism

Video by Roger Ross Williams

(Video not playing? Watch it on Ron Suskind’s Web site here)