Jan 31, 2014, AP Magazine: Autism Parenting Magazine has officially joined the Boycott of the Autism Speaks Charity
For adults with autism, having the chance to work somewhat independently may lead to a reduction in symptoms of the disorder, a new study suggests.
The research puts new emphasis on the potential for adults with autism to develop and improve over their lifetimes, said study author Julie Lounds Taylor, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville.
"We have assumed it's really hard to budge autism symptoms in adulthood. Drugs are targeted to problems like acting out, for example," she said. "But this study suggests that these adults need a place where they're intellectually stimulated, and then we'll see a reduction in symptoms."
The challenge is to find the right fit between a person's abilities and interests and a specific job, she explained.
"How independent can they be and what are the risks of failure? We have to be careful. You're talking about a huge range of people with autism," Taylor said. "I've seen people who can manage pretty high-level jobs, like computer programming or being in the military, while others have more [mental] challenges, but can still work a job in the community with support.". . .
About 50 percent of adults with autism spend their time in sheltered settings, and a minority work in the community, according to Taylor. Most have trouble holding steady jobs, she added.
I'm not able to post on this site, it seems, or I'd ask why no one has studied elderly or middle aged adults to see how they manage.
The message here is: autistic people just need help getting a job. Things will work out fine for these kids.
Now that we're seeing the autism generation entering adulthood, we have to pretend that they've always been here. Good luck with that one.
In the latest issue of the magazine, Editor - Leslie Burby described the reasons that Autism Parenting Magazine would be joining the growing boycott against the Autism Speaks charity and its sponsors.
The Boycott was started after hearing Autism Speaks' co founder Suzanne Wright's Call to Action Speech to Washington D.C. in November 2013. Members of the autism community are tired of Autism Speaks' creating a culture where Autistic people are oppressed and marginalized.
After previous attempts to get Autism Speaks to make changes failed, autistic adults and parents of autistic children have successfully collaborated on a project. In a joint letter to the sponsors of Autism Speaks, several organizations have asked major retailers to withdraw their support
Leslie Burby is the mother of two children with autism and she's the founder and editor of Autism Parenting Magazine. On the video she lists how Autism Speaks uses their funds: how much goes to salaries, $18 million, how much goes to research, $15 million, how much goes to help families, just over $2 million.
Burby is angry that AS isn't really helping families. She's also resentful of their negative comments about autism. Autism Speaks has called autism a burden for families and Burby doesn't agree. She doesn't see autism as an illness. Her magazine is joining other autism advocacy groups calling for a boycott of businesses that support Autism Speaks.
The one similarity between AP Magazine and Autism Speaks is that neither of them is demanding that we stop the epidemic. Yes, we need awareness and early diagnosing and lots of services, but we also have to admit that something new is dramatically impacting the health of our children. We have to PREVENT AUTISM. Calls for a boycott of businesses that support AS is like rearranging the deck chairs as the Titanic is sinking.