Seahawks GM Schneider's personal cause: autism

RENTON -- The fight against autism has a powerful ally: the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The team is part of a fundraiser underway to support families with autistic children.

It's a cause close to the team's heart, because autism is a daily reality for the head of the team. General Manger John Schneider and his wife, Traci Schneider, are parents of an autistic child.

"He was diagnosed at three and now he's 12," Traci said of their son, Ben. "It was horrible because you never want to hear something is wrong with your child, and something so big as autism. On the other hand, it was comforting in away because we finally knew what was happening."     

Autistic children have a range of needs.  Many have sensory issues and need in-home swings or trampolines.  Non-verbal children can benefit from using an iPad to communicate. The range of special equipment and therapy can cost families upwards of $60,000 a year.