By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.If the California legislature weren't so busy trying to vaccinate every child in the state, they might want to look into this. I can only describe this as nonsense coverage of our path to a disaster.
Five years ago I wrote a story about adults with autism, including a video on the establishment of the California State Senate Select Committee on Autism.
One comment made by a committee member got my immediate attention:
"There were "14,000 students with autism a decade ago." Today, "46,000 students and growing."
Meanwhile over the past five years California hasn't raised any alarm over the numbers. There is no call for answers and there sure isn't any plan in place to provide for this significant disabled population as adults.
INSTEAD, we get stories like this.
May 12, 2015, ABC 30, Fresno: Helping Adults with Autism Thrive
"There are a number of resources for children with autism, but where is the help when they grow into adults?"
Christopher Hanks, MD, Pediatric and Internal Medicine Specialist at The Ohio State University, says only about 10 to 15-percent of adults with autism are able to live independently like Braden.
Dr. Hanks told Ivanhoe, "There's really a small percentage that are thriving in the community, and the rest struggle."
. . . By 2030 the number of adults living with autism is expected to increase by nearly 700-percent. But many adults with the disorder have nowhere to turn when it comes to medical care.
"As children, they had great care, but as they become adults, there's just no one specifically trained to care for them" Dr. Hanks explained.
. . . That's why Dr. Hanks and colleagues at Ohio State run one of the few clinics in the country to provide care for adults with autism. They offer medical services, counseling, and education.
It's helped Jahred Perry. The 18-year-old has autism and will be moving away from home to attend college soon.
I don't even try to post comments on this kind of story. These news people (and the doctor featured) are clearly out of touch with reality to be speaking like this.
ABC 30 calmly announces a nightmare in the making with what can only be called the most irrational information imaginable.
FIRST OF ALL, why are there no resources for adults? Why will there be a 700 percent increase in the number of adults with autism in the next fifteen years?
SECOND, what does it tell us that we have nothing for adults?
THIRD, why isn't their expert, Dr. Hanks, calling this a pending disaster? The word crisis isn't even used.
FOURTH, why does ABC 30 only show us a high functioning adult who is very verbal and is headed to college? Why don't we see a severely affected young adult who will require extensive, costly, lifelong care?
FIFTH, why doesn't ABC tell us the current autism rate of one in every 68 children?
SIXTH, if 85 to 90 percent of adults with autism CAN'T LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, shouldn't we be scared about the future?
SEVENTH, can anyone imagine how anyone is going to "thrive" when nothing of significance is being done?
Stories like this are everyday occurrences. The message is always the same: Autistic adults are coming and we have nothing for them--but no one is really worried. The undeniable truth is that this disaster will be dumped on the taxpayers of the states. And when the cost reaches an economic breaking point, the public will demand to know WHY no one did anything to stop the epidemic. Why didn't anyone warn people this was coming? Why did the media fail us so horribly?
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.