Harvey and Connie Lapin's son Shawn
was diagnosed with severe autism as a child. In the 1970s, they became activists in
advocating for autistic children and adults, and Shawn became national poster child for
the National Society for Autistic Children shortly after. The Harvey and Connie Lapin
Collection documents the couple's advocacy work with various agencies beginning in
1971 and continuing through the 2000s. The collection consists primarily of manuscript
materials, scrapbooks, audio visual materials, and photographs.
Harvey and Connie Lapin, residents of Northridge California, have three children,
including an autistic son, Shawn Lapin. Shawn became the national poster child for the
National Society for Autistic Children in 1973, at age 5. Over several decades they have
founded or worked with various organizations promoting awareness and advocacy for the
people and families affected by autism.
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