Feb 10, 2014, US News: Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child, Study Finds
Feb 9, 2014, CBS Chicago: Girl Rescued After Walking With No Shoes Onto Ice Near Montrose Harbor
Feb 7, 2014, Forbes: Keep Religion Out Of Science Education And Debates
The thought of a disorder costing the average family thousands of dollars annually is quite frightening, let alone the overall cost of $11.5 billion in the United States. That's exactly what what said- billion. Over $11.5 billion are spent per year, according to 2011 statistics, to care for the country's autistic children. That is enough to cover part of the country's national debt, build a full-functioning city or two. The figures are scarily high and seem to be climbing by the year.
Autism in itself is a disorder that can range from the very low to the extremely-high functioning. What does this mean? A genetic disorder that has been supported by twin studies, autism can encompass everything from one being able to conduct him or herself in society with a few quirks that define the differences to growing up but having the mind of a child and the abilities of one as well. One can be a savant, while the other non-verbal and unable to care for him/herself.
The suffering of a generation of children has failed to get the attention of the government or the CDC or the media. The CAUSE OF AUTISM is left as a mystery we have all the time in the world to solve. The same can't be said about the COST OF AUTISM. That is bound to get everyone's attention.
"A genetic disorder"? Please, don't try and blame this on parents with bad genes.
"$3.2 million to take care of an autistic person over his or her lifetime"? Please, don't give us an eight year old underestimate.
The cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year -- with school systems footing much of the bill, a new U.S. study estimates.
Researchers found that compared to kids without autism, those with the disorder had higher costs for doctor visits and prescriptions -- an extra $3,000 a year, on average.
But the biggest expenses were outside the medical realm. "Non-health care" services averaged $14,000 per child, and special education at school accounted for more than 60 percent of those costs. . . .
These findings, she said, give a more comprehensive view. Her team estimates that services for children with autism cost the United States $11.5 billion in 2011 alone.
"The societal cost is enormous," said Michael Rosanoff, associate director of public health research and scientific review for Autism Speaks, a New York City-based advocacy group.
Why is it we never hear about adults with autism? How can society be so concerned about services for children, while ignoring the adult population?
The truth is, no one has ever been able to show us a comparable rate among adults, especially adults with classic autism whose symptoms are obvious to everyone. That simple fact should be scaring us all. When we talk about autism, it's almost always about children with autism. The rate of one in 88 was based on studies of eight year olds, not eighty year old.
If we think the societal costs are high now, imagine the future when all these children age out of school and are dependent on the taxpayers for their support and care.
A girl with autism was rescued from Lake Michigan after walking down an embankment without wearing any shoes and onto the ice near Montrose Harbor Sunday morning.
The 13-year-old girl’s mother called for help about 10:45 a.m. from the 4200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, where the girl had broken away from her mother, jumped a fence and walked onto the ice near Montrose Harbor, Fire Media Affairs Chief Verdi Allen said.
When rescue crews reached her out on the ice, the girl, who has autism, was not wearing shoes, and she tried to fight off firefighters who carried her back to land, Allen said.
This is another part of autism we're all learning to accept. Senator Charles Schumer recently called autistic kids who wander, "an age old problem."
GPS devices and the problem's solved.
A few years ago, Texas was the center of a nutty battle over rewriting science and history to include a clearly Christian worldview in its textbooks intended for public school students. Although the state's textbook reviewers requested that publishers include creationism-yes, you read that right-in its science curriculum, ultimately, publishers declined to do so. Chagrined creationists bemoaned this steadfast adherence to including only science in science textbooks for our nation's schoolchildren. . . .
Fifteen years of damage done, and this charter school network is teaching children at dozens of schools in Texas and Arkansas that the jury is still out on vaccines and autism, indoctrinating a new generation in the misinformation and fear surrounding both. The thread that connects government mistrust, vaccine resistance, fear, and religion is a tangled one, but it's also very real. Teaching students to rely on belief rather than on evidence and results from testable hypotheses does them-and public health-no favors
Willingham never tires of trashing those who believe vaccines cause autism. Creationism and the vaccine-autism link.... More pretense that she has all the science on her side. I posted a number of comments.