University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One will air features on autism awareness and mobile checkouts

This week on Studio One, one mother talks about the love and determination it takes to help a child with autism. In 2005, Ethan Suda was diagnosed with a regressive form of autism. His mother, Jalene Suda, decided to quit her job to devote herself full-time to help him with therapy. She discusses how her family worked through the symptoms of this disorder. “We can control autism, it doesn’t control us anymore,” said Suda. With three years of full-time therapy and as many as six therapists coming to their home weekly, Ethan responded to treatment. His symptoms started to dissipate. “It was a rewarding process,” said Suda. Now Ethan is completely independent in social settings. Tune in to hear this mother’s story of dedication to overcome challenges.

Also, learn why stores are replacing cash registers with mobile checkout devices. Companies such as Barneys New York, Urban Outfitters and Finish Line are testing the mobile checkout devices known as iStore. This technology allows customers to check out anywhere in the store, instead of waiting in line. One store manager says that this new system has helped with customer relations, as employees are able to stay connected with shoppers during the entire purchase process. For many businesses, the new gadgets cost half the price of a new cash register. As good reviews continue, many stores may continue to replace traditional registers.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba; and online at

-- Chelsea Hay, Nicholas Johnson, Studio One, 777.4346,

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