"Many autistic adults have a hard time finding their place in the world. Less than half enroll in higher education or find work. (According to the Social Security Administration, only about 6 percent of adults with autism work full-time.) Many lack the skills to live alone. Those who cannot work generally qualify for monthly Social Security disability payments, which are too low to cover vocational coaches, therapeutic day programs, or other interventions that may help an autistic person reach a modicum of self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, the federal government does not require school systems to provide special education for students older than 18 (most states, including Illinois, have extended the requirement through age 21). "If you have a developmental disability like Frank, when you turn 22, you disappear," says Craven's mother, Jane Gallery, a 61-year-old Winnetka resident. 'You fall off a cliff.'
"Despite the countless news reports about the meteoric rise of autism-spectrum diagnoses (1 in 88 American children today vs. 1 in 150 in 2000) and the myriad books and websites about raising youngsters who have this developmental disorder, there is little discussion of or planning for what those kids are to do when they are no longer kids. An estimated 300,000 of them are expected to hit adulthood in the next decade (see 'A Looming Tsunami'). Their fate is an increasingly urgent social problem, especially in Illinois, where the state budget is under immense pressure. 'I'm very concerned,' says Kevin Casey, appointed by Governor Quinn in 2011 to overhaul the state's Division of Developmental Disabilities. 'There are not enough services for everyone. If we don't get the pension crisis solved, it's going to get worse before it gets better.'"
Notice that this is only "an increasingly urgent social problem." And Kevin Casey is merely 'very concerned.'
It's amazing that no one is demanding to know WHY this problem exists. Where are these kids coming from? How bad do the numbers have to get?
"Doctors believe that the increase in autism is due to a newer definition."
"The child with autism has 67 percent more brain cells."
Doctor wants "an autism test that could give a diagnosis at birth"
This is truly one of the most outrageous stories I've seen recently. Smiling doctor advises us to start intervention sooner.
There's no epidemic. Children are born autistic. Something happens in the second trimester and all we need to do is spot it early--hopefully at birth.
I posted eight comments.
"When Leslie Noyes stopped by her son's Glendale elementary school last year, she said she found him lying face-down on the floor of an enclosed, 5-by-5-foot structure in the back of the special education classroom.
"Noyes said she had no idea the school had been regularly putting the 7-year-old in what's commonly referred to as an isolation or seclusion room in response to his behavior issues."
This is the second story about abusive treatment of children in our schools that I found today. The other report cited two incidents in MN. I'm afraid that we're becoming just as used to hearing about mistreatment of special needs kids as we are about to reading that one in 88 children has autism and no one knows why.
"Security cameras caught the moment when students say Austin's paraprofessional got too rough and pushed him as the two were washing windows at school. The paraprofessional was suspended and removed from that position.
"WCCO took a look back at a case that should have made a difference in how Austin's was handled."
It should have made a difference. Why didn't it?
"A vaccination scandal that ousted a well-liked veterinarian from his West Avenue pet hospital inside PetSmart is now threatening to strip the experienced animal doctor of his license to practice in the state.
"An ardent advocate for pets at his practice, Dr. John Robb says he will fight the state to retain his license even though he readily admits to giving thousands of dogs and cats smaller vaccination doses than recommended by vaccine manufactures used to ward off a host of diseases, including rabies.
"As a result, Banfield Pet Hospital -- the Portland, Ore.-based corporation from which Robb purchased his hospital franchise when PetSmart was built a little over four years ago -- has sent letters to more than 5,000 of his clients telling them their pets have not been properly vaccinated and encouraging them to bring their pets in for boosters, a company official said. "
It doesn't come as a surprise that a one-size-fits-all vaccine schedule applies to pets like it does to children.
Health officials don't see any reason to consider that not every child can safety take the ever-expanding number of vaccines in the schedule. What we're seeing is that our children are getting sicker and sicker. Dogs too are developing conditions like tumors, arthritis, and diabetes as their immune systems are weakened by vaccines.
Dr. John Robb should be congratulated.