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May 20, 2020
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Join PBS Utah and the Salt Lake County Library for a screening and discussion of On the Spectrum, a KUED Classic documentary followed by a discussion on the film and the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. This project is part of PBS Utah's Book Club in a Box project.

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On the Spectrum

A KUED original production, On the Spectrum focuses on the stories of three Utahns to examine the challenges faced by children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the impact it has on families.

60 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar
    Laura Durham


  • Panelist Avatar
    Cheryl C. Smith


    Cheryl C. Smith, Carson’s mom, a longtime autism advocate, is Past President and a founding member of the Autism Council of Utah, serves on the board of Valley Behavioral Health, the Pingree Autism Center of Learning, The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, and was appointed by the Governor as chair of the Autism Treatment Account Advisory Committee. She has received the Autism Advocacy Award from Autism Speaks, the Mental Health Advocate Award, the Council for Exceptional Children’s Ben Bruse Distinguished Service award, and is instrumental in legislative advocacy for autism such as passing the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship legislation of 2005, which is named after her son, and makes state funding available for private school scholarships awarded to Utah students with disabilities.

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    Dana Barraco


    After completing her self designed major at Westminster, Dana quickly jumped on with PBS Utah as an intern, and hasn’t looked back. She is now the associate producer of This is Utah, and a producer of The Hinckley Report. In the past, Dana loved her time as associate producer of Utah Conversations with Ted Capener and The Governor’s Monthly News Conference. She has worked on several documentaries including the Rocky Mountain Emmy winning On the Spectrum, and Battle Over Bears Ears. Dana is currently getting her MBA at The University of Utah. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, climbing, playing lacrosse, working on stained glass, and adventuring with her partner and their dog, Lenny.

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    Anne Holman


    Always a reader, Anne’s family moved almost every year when she was young, and books were a saving grace. The first thing her parents did in each new city was find the closest library so that Anne and her sister would always have something new to read. This love of reading led to a degree in English Literature from Miami University of Ohio and then jobs right out of college with Waldenbooks at the old Crossroads Mall in downtown Salt Lake City and the City Library at the circulation desk. After time off to raise a family, Anne joined The King’s English Bookshop in 1999 first as a part-time bookseller and eventually as events manager and then General Manager. Since 2014, she has been a co-owner with Betsy Burton. Still in the original location, the store continues to grow with a strong online presence and robust business-to-business sales. Anne spends a fair amount of her time doing book talks to community groups around the city and in the store.

  • Panelist Avatar
    Dan Berube


    Dan will be our moderator this evening. Dan Berube has been living in Utah and working for Salt Lake County Library for over 20 years. Dan currently leads a nonfiction book club at the Whitmore branch. He loves narrative nonfiction and books about sports and music.”

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