As part of the Business of Sports Networkâ€™s annual Autism Awareness Campaign, we will be providing occasional content that highlights the developmental disorder. The hope is that by understanding it more, parents will look for the signs to allow early diagnosis, and for those not touched directly by Autism Spectrum Disorder, get a better understanding how prevalent it is and how it is a growing health concern, not only in the U.S. but globally.
As part of this content, we are pleased to announce the publication of an interview with Shonda and Curt Schilling, and their challenges once they discovered their son Grant had Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.
Here is a preview of one of the questions and answers by Curt Schilling:
Maury Brown: Curt, Grantâ€™s diagnosis came in the summer of 2007, your last season in baseball. The timing of the two allows you to now focus on Grant and the rest of the family without the distractions of playing. Letâ€™s say that the diagnosis had come earlier... say, 2005. Do you think it would it have affected your career path in MLB?
Curt Schilling: No idea. I mean, we walked away when we wanted to walk away. I honestly donâ€™t know; it depends on how we both would have addressed it at that point. I might have retired a year or two earlier, so I donâ€™t know.
The interview will give sports fans a completely different view of Curt Schilling than theyâ€™ve ever seen before, while seeing an incredibly candid and touching side to his wife Shonda. The interview covers the publication of Shondaâ€™s book, The Best Kind of Different: Our Familyâ€™s Journey with Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome.
Look for the complete interview on Thursday to coincide with beginning of International Autism Awareness Month.
For more on why the Business of Sports Network is engaged in Autism awareness see When Sports Becomes a Small Matter: A Child and Autism. For more details on the Business of Sports Networkâ€™s Autism Awareness Campaign, see From Matt Kemp to Alyssa Milano to Peter Gammons, Sports and Entertainers Offer Assistance for Autism Awareness
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