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

Real Love: A Mother’s Search for Ways to Cope With Her Son’s Autism Leads to Answers for Thousands of Others, Too

(Debra Vines,55, with her son Jason Harlan, 26. Photo courtesy of Debra Vines). Monday, August 18, 2014 || By Michael Romain  Updated: August 19, 2014 FOREST PARK — Every morning that he wakes up, Jason Harlan, 26, says his name and smiles. His mother, Debra Vines, 55, says that this genuineness is one of the principal joys of raising Harlan, who was diagnosed as an … Continue reading Real Love: A Mother’s Search for Ways to Cope With Her Son’s Autism Leads to Answers for Thousands of Others, Too