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Online newsBy Anne Dachel

May 10, 2013, Toronto Globe and Mail: Here's an autism statistic: family

May 9, 2013, WCSH-TV Portland ME: Autism training preparing first responders

May 9, 2013, WLBZ2 Bangor ME: Keeping people with autism safe

 
 
Toronto Globe and Mail

"What will become of our autistic children, who will surely age but never grow up?
"The Autism Society of Canada's website notes there is currently 'no federal government monitoring system in place to provide us with accurate statistics on the prevalence of [autism spectrum disorders] in Canada even though we do know that ASD is the most common form of any neurological disorder or severe developmental disability of childhood.'"

It's interesting that whenever I talk about ADULTS WITH AUTISM and bring up the problem of children aging out of school, I'm routinely told that in the past doctors labeled them as something else and that we used to lock these people away in institutions or they were kept at home.
Okay, FIND THEM. Where are the undiagnosed, misdiagnosed 40, 50, 60, and 70 year olds with autism?

I'M DYING TO SEE THEM! Why is autism the "fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States' but we're not told why? How long will we accept that "the disorder has no known causes" and there are "environmental factors"-never specifically named?  I posted a comment but people seem oblivious to the BIG PICTURE.  Instead of asking what will become of our autistic children, we should be asking why they have autism in the first place.
 
WCSH-TV Portland ME

"Autism is a developmental disorder that affects 1 out of 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys. These staggering numbers mean that most first responders will more than likely encounter someone with autism, at some point.

"Matt Brown will go anywhere in Maine to teach people about the country's fastest growing developmental disability. This training session is taking place in Washington County.
"'I am here as a father with a child with autism, so this is intensely personal,' says Matt Brown a federal probation officer.

"Before a crowd of police officers, border patrol agents, game wardens, firefighters, teachers and parents -- this federal probation officer is making his audience aware that people with autism have difficulty making eye contact and may not respond to questions. ...

"The rate of autism has skyrocketed more than one-thousand percent since Brown toured the state a decade ago.

"The training is now hitting close to home for some officers. Lt. Travis Willey of the Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept has a 13 year old son with autism. He says the training is key to helping his officers handle calls involving someone who has autism or is possibly high on bath salts because the behaviors can be similar. ..."
 
WLBZ2 Bangor ME

"His job means everything to him. It's helped him make friends and provided structure and stability for 27 years. Kevin is Autistic. He grew up at a time when Autism was extremely rare.

"'We didn't have much help then, in those days it was long time ago it was hard,' said his mother, Trudy Parkhurst.

"She raised Kevin as a single mom. Kevin was able to get his GED and his driver's license -- both have helped him live independently. He only drives during the day time, he says being pulled over is definitely a concern. ...

"The York police department started it's registration program after Capt. Kevin LeConte and several officers attended a training session, on how to handle calls involving people with developmental disabilities, like autism.

"Kevin is one of 36 registered in the York police department's data base, but police believe that number only scratches the surface and that dozens and dozens of folks need to be registered. Police believe part of the problem is that some parents perceive there is a stigma attached to the disability.
"'In law enforcement we still struggle with that. The more information we have when we go into a call the safer it is for everybody,' said LeConte.

Here's another story about registering people with autism. Kevin is obviously very capable and has achieved a level of independence.

The haunting line here is, "He grew up at a time when autism was extremely rare." The obvious response to that is, "So why is it so common today that the police have to have lists of residents with autism?" Reporters don't think to ask.

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