By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary after the jump.
April 8, 2013, Myrtle Beach SC, WBTW-TV: Darlington County to host Autism Fun Day
"Darlington County Autism Support Group and the Hartsville YMCA are sponsoring an "Autism Fun Day" for individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum and their families on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 11:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M. The event will be held at Hartsville YMCA located at 111 East Carolina Avenue. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, raffles, fun games, face painting, and a bouncy house. There will be different types of therapists available on site. It is a free event. Everyone is encouraged to wear a blue t-shirt to show their support of Autism.
"Autism Fun Day is an event to observe Autism Awareness Month. ..."
Their support of autism"? Why not "support for children with autism and their families"?
It's so frustrating to read about celebrating autism or an "autism fun day." Most parents don't celebrate autism and their days are far from "fun." If we were simultaneously sounding an alarm, I'd see no problem with this kind of coverage, but this is all we're seeing. Blue lights are being used to cover up what autism is doing to children across the world.
This coverage tells us that autism is acceptable. No one is really worry. If we keep seeing things like this, parents will just expect to have an autistic child.
"And which one of your kids has a developmental disorder?"
"From bumper stickers to billboards, autism awareness is on the rise - and so is the number of U.S. children diagnosed with the neurological condition, according to a new study.
"The number of children ages 6 to 17 with autism spectrum disorder jumped from one in 88 children in 2007 to one in 50 children in 2012, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
"Doctors use different signs and symptoms to diagnose autism spectrum disorder, an umbrella over several sub-categories that includes autism, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger's syndrome, said Dr. Cheryl Tierney, a Penn State Milton S. Hershey behavioral and developmental pediatrician with a focus on speech and language disorders."
Here a doctor talks about autism. It's one in 50, but she's not alarmed. There are environmental factors, but no one knows what they are. Learn the signs. I posted comments.
"On the national level, Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one out of every 88 children, and boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls. In Utah however, that number jumps to one child in 47. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call autism a public health crisis-a crisis where the cause and cure remain unknown.
"The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future of those who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Each local or state group helps raise funds for research as well as works to increase public awareness of the disorders and their effects on those diagnosed as well as those close to them."
This article is by Dr. Stephen Kanne, executive director of the Thompson Center for Autism in Columbia. The rate is not updated. I wonder if Dr. Kanne knows what it is. He doesn't mention the cause of autism. He gives us the standard definition, describing it as "social impairments, communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior," which doesn't sound so bad.
(So much for all the kids who can't talk, have bowel disease, seizures, and violent behavior. You don't fit this generic definition of autism.)
The good news here is that parents just need to find the fight treatment for their children.
"After a thorough examination, early diagnosis can go a long way toward the right treatment plan at an early age, leading to an enhanced quality of life for a child and greater peace of mind for parents."
Of course nothing is said about THE COST and how they're going to change the definition of autism so that insurance companies will be able to avoid having to cover these children. I posted one comment.