It appears that Hilary Clinton is likely the next democratic presidential nominee. As part of her platform she has announced a plan to address the needs of the increasing number of children and adults with autism. Clinton cites the CDC estimate that 1:68 in the United States was identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2010 or 3.5 million Americans.
From Clinton’s website, describing the plan as a: “wide-ranging autism initiative—including screening, diagnosis, treatment, services, safety and legal protections for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan, steps to ensure they are treated with dignity, partnerships to help them secure employment, support for families and caregivers, and a commitment to increase research funding to deepen our understanding of autism.” It is a big plan so the list is long… (keep scrolling)
Clinton says her plan will benefit families with loved ones on the ASD spectrum and others with developmental disabilities. Of course, no one can know if Clinton will follow through and even if she does, if any of this will become law. But, I am encouraged that the dramatic increase in autism has finally gained some attention. Children should not suffer bullying, go undiagnosed when they need early intervention and be subjected to unnecessary restraints. I am hopeful that this is a sign that politicians are hearing the community crying out that this is a challenge we must address for the benefit of our country. No matter who you support for president we should encourage this discussion.
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