New York Autism Community: Have You Had Enough?
We have a few questions for our fellow New Yorkers who love someone with autism:
Have you had enough of a State Education Department that repeats the big lie that there is no “real” increase in autism even though their own data shows an explosive increase over the past 15 years?
Have you had enough of being told by politicians that your child’s special education needs are driving up property taxes? Have you had enough of those politicians making claims like that without even talking to you? Have you had enough when they put those claims in a report to the Governor calling for the dismantling of autism special education regulations? Have you had enough when our Governor, himself a man who has overcome a disability, declares that the report on “Property Tax Relief” should become law?!
Have you had enough of an educational system that is not addressing the autism epidemic and not developing programs to help children with autism learn? Have you had enough of educational services being cut in contentious Committee on Special Education meetings? Have you had enough of a special education system that continually fights you when they should be working with you to help educate your child?
Have you had enough of the continual assaults on the funding streams for vital services – such as Early Intervention - for children with autism? Have you had enough of the endless paper work and administrative waste that endlessly delays and restricts services from reaching your loved one?
Have you had enough of a State Health Department that refuses to collect data on autism and instead collects data on malaria and dengue fever? Have you had enough of a State Health Department which quietly tried to double the number of mandated vaccines in 2008? Have you had enough of a State Health Department that covertly arranges for Pharmaceutical interests disguised as not-for-profits to privately lobby Senators and Assembly Members in meetings away from the view of the public?
Have you had enough of Residential Facilities and Schools which abuse children with autism and a State oversight agency that acknowledges thousands of abuse complaints but does nothing about it?
Have you had enough of mandatory vaccine laws that allow school districts to act like members of the Spanish Inquisition?
Have you just had enough?
If you have, please join Autism United in our declaration of Tuesday March 24, 2009 as the world’s first ever “Autism Epidemic Day.” Join us for a day of unity and advocacy with our elected officials at 11:00 AM at the State Capitol in Albany, New York.
11:00 AM Speakers: John Gilmore, Robert Krakow and Louis Conte
11:45 AM until departure: Meet with Assembly Members and Senators
The day will include a special presentation for Assembly Members, Senators and their staff on by Louise Kuo Habbakus on the need for vaccine choice - place and time to be determined.
RSVP to: Lisarudley@yahoo.com
Louis Conte, father of two children with autism
Katie Weisman, mother of three children with autism
Lisa Rudley, mother of a child with autism
Lisa Colin, Mother of a child with autism
Robert Sparling, father of a child with autism
Robert Krakow, father of a child with autism
John Gilmore, father of a child with autism