James Harlan, Advocate For Families With Special Needs, Dies At 71

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: James Harlan, left, with his son, Jason. | Photo submitted 

James Harlan, the president and founder of the Just for Men group, an affiliate of the Answer Inc., a prominent autism awareness nonprofit founded by his wife, Debra Vines, has died. In a Facebook post uploaded Monday, Vines said that her husband died on May 13. He was 71.

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Autism Awareness Leader, the Focus of a PBS Special, Uses Maywood, River Forest to Illustrate Disorder’s Racial Divide

A PBS NewsHour segment profiles Debra Vines, below left, James Harlan and their adult son Jason Harlan, pictured above during his childhood years. | Screenshot Tuesday, February 7, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews Debra Vines, the founder and executive director of the Forest Park-based nonprofit The Answer, Inc., looked into the camera with a disarming smile to put autism and other mental … Continue reading Autism Awareness Leader, the Focus of a PBS Special, Uses Maywood, River Forest to Illustrate Disorder’s Racial Divide

For James and Jason, Autism the Source of a Lasting Bond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 || By Angelique White  James Harlan says the love he has for his family is what drives him to take care of his 27-year-old autistic son Jason while his wife, Debra Vines, runs their non-profit, The Answer, Inc., an organization for parents with autistic children. Harlan is the president of the Just for Men group, an affiliate of the Answer Inc. He … Continue reading For James and Jason, Autism the Source of a Lasting Bond