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
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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