Our Anne Dachel has been hollering at the top of her lungs for YEARS that the autism epidemic has and will continue to ravage families. The story below is from Canada, but in America, it takes a hand in the pocket to make citizens take notice. Remember the gas prices of a few years ago, when electric cars ruled the highways and Hummers looked like dinosaurs? Today? Prices dropped a fraction and the H2s roared back to life. We have really short memories in America. Autism will hit social security, Medicaid and many other government and private sector programs with a vengeance in the next 5+ years as the epidemic of kids "ages out" of school into........
My fear is that once America grows angry at the "sudden" explosion of people handicapped by autism - from kids like my own to people with Asperger's on disablity or other government programs, the green light will shine to consider eugenics and post-birth eugenics a viable option. It scares the crap out of me. KS
From Canada's Calgary Sun:
The lifelong cost to families with a severely autistic child is $5.5 million in a province lacking in adult care for the condition, says a University of Calgary think tank.
While the province is a leader in dealing with childhood autism, its public system of care for adults with the neurological disability is exclusionary and poorly-developed, states a report prepared by The School of Public Policy.
And its controversial decision last year to close the Michener Centre will only worsen the situation, say the study's authors.
That often places the burden to provide care on the shoulders of families, at an equivalent cost for supports at nearly $160,000 a year, said report co-author Carolyn Dudley. Read the full article here.