The doctor says not all
parents of autistic children are as lucky as he is.
By MAYSOON ABDELRASUL
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN — A doctor, his family and his staff are going that extra step to help raise money to defeat autism.
Dr. Clive Sinoff is sponsoring a carwash from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of his office at 8740 E. Market St.
Although Dr. Sinoff’s practice is in pain medicine, he is not far removed from autism.
His 20-year-old son, Allen, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months and has struggled throughout his childhood. Dr. Sinoff said Allen began talking at age 5 but his language is poor.
“He does speak, but it is not easy,” the doctor said.
The money raised from the carwash will go to Autism Speaks, an organization that began in 2004 whose goal is to help find a cure for autism. Its Web site is AutismSpeaks.org.
Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, founded the organization after their grandson was diagnosed with autism in 2004.
Autism affects one out of 94 boys. Sixty-seven children are diagnosed each day with autism. Dr. Sinoff said it is an epidemic and “such a devastating condition.”
The organization says more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
The organization identifies autism as a “complex neurological disorder that impairs, often severely, a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, and form relationships with others.”
He said he was one of the lucky parents because his son is friendly and people like him. His family lives in Beachwood, and Allen works at the Cleveland Embassy Suites and helps out in the kitchen. He also works in the shipping and receiving department at NAPA Auto Parts in the Cleveland area.
Allen has suffered depression, but the antidepressants have helped, the doctor said.
Dr. Sinoff is devoted to doing anything he can to find a cure for autism or to at least have more services available for children and adults.
He said he knows he won’t be around forever, and he wants his son to be in good care.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen to him, and I want adequate facilities for him,” Dr. Sinoff said.
He said people with autism used to be locked away in institutions and there was nothing to help them. “The world is overwhelming to these kids,” he said.
In 2006, Autism Speaks funded $20 million worth of autism research, and it merged with the National Alliance for Autism Research to create the world’s largest autism advocacy organization.
The doctor said he hopes the carwash will raise autism awareness and will encourage people from Warren to be involved in the major fund-raising walk in Cleveland on Sept. 30. Last year, the walk was in Pittsburgh and had 11,000 participants.