By Teresa Conrick
Last week, Hillary Clinton revealed that she had a big plan for Autism if she were to become President. The week before, she announced her goal was to help patients and their families affected by Alzheimer's.
1— screening and diagnosis
4— safety and legal protections for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan
5— steps to ensure they are treated with dignity
6— partnerships to help them secure employment
7— support for families and caregivers
8— a commitment to increase research funding to deepen our understanding of autism.
You can read the details all over the internet but here is her official website.
There are good and not so good things listed. For example:
Provide new support to caregivers. Clinton will provide new funds through the Developmental Disabilities Act to expand support for family members and other caregivers providing long-term care for those with autism and other disabilities. Title II of the Act authorizes competitive grants to states to foster a “statewide system of family support services for families of children with disabilities,” and Title III authorizes new funding to train and provide scholarships for caregiving and support workers.
"Competitive grants,....training...scholarships" is that money to help pay for the monumental 24/7 care for MANY with an Autism diagnosis?
or this on RESEARCH:
- Significantly increase funding so that the government can invest more in autism research. Clinton recently announced the first phase of her plan to significantly increase government investment in biomedical research: her initiative to address Alzheimer’s disease. She will build on that initiative by increasing research funding across the board. This will make a vital difference for a range of autism-related research, from studies that improve the quality of patient services for people with autism, including participatory action research on subjects like employment and housing, to more basic research that identifies genetic markers, maps child brain development, and generates new insight into the workings of the central nervous system. This basic research will draw on work across sectors by building on what we are learning from bold new private and non-profit efforts on genetic mapping, including the MSSNG genome sequencing project and open data platform, the Simons Variations in Individuals Project (VIP), and the NIH Autism Sequencing Consortium, teaming up with their researchers to deepen our understanding of autism.
Are you kidding me? MORE GENETIC research -- genetic markers, genetic mapping, genome sequencing? And which experts did she consult for these ideas? There is not ONE item here related to the MICROBIOME or IMMUNE SYSTEM the most significant area in both Autism and Alzheimer's.
Here, the Washington Post reports that "Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, said he welcomes Clinton's plan, especially its focus on solving problems faced by adults with autism." That's great and there are many references to aiding the adults who want and need housing and employment. That is important and I support that as well, BUT comments like these from ASAN detour important studies on PREVENTION and TREATMENTS for those severely stricken:
Those with autism are less concerned on a daily basis with research on its cause, and more concerned with questions such as "can I get and hold a job," ...
In that same WP article, it appears that Hillary is wanting to see more real research:
I think we have to take seriously what seems to be an increasing diagnosis of autism," Clinton said at a Derry, N.H. town hall meeting. "And we have to do much more research about what is causing it. We’ve got to do what we can to prevent it. And then when it is diagnosed, intensive treatment … that can really help that person be as successful as possible."
BUT it's very possible that those who helped devise this plan have not shared the important aspects of REAL research, autism dangers, and families giving up hope as their children's health issues devastate the family finances. Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton most likely has not heard from families like mine. Genetic research has done nothing. Behavioral intensive therapy can help some with an Autism diagnosis but parents would like the medical issues of autism alleviated as research shows they can CAUSE the symptoms so many suffer, and which many researchers agree is a disorder of the gut and immune system:
Autism Study: More Evidence Linking Altered Gut Bacteria to ASD (from Autism Speaks yet why are they not sharing this with the Clinton campaign?)
I would then like to share this information because my daughter regressed into an Autism diagnosis after vaccination and is severely affected in health, autoimmune issues and significant behaviors:
- over 50 percent of young children are regressing (losing skills, speech, health) and then autism behaviors develop.
- Regressive Autism Reported Twice as Often among African American Children and higher also among Hispanics. (Is Hillary not interested in knowing why this is happening?)
- Regression and Autism has been pinpointed by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- Increasing research shows a role for the gut and microbiome in the presentation and severity of ASD symptoms
- The National Institute of the Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), says research is uncovering new interactions between the immune system and diseases that clearly have environmental components, such as AUTISM.
- Toxins can affect the intestinal bacteria which then can produce the symptoms of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, Autism, Parkinson's and many more.
- Adding in this study showing that Alzheimer's, like Autism, has a toxic microbiome connection, as Mrs. Clinton is pointing out the need to boost imperative research on CAUSATION AND TREATMENTS for both diseases.
I should stress this question ---- since over 50% of the diagnosed children are REGRESSING into AUTISM -- what is the plan for that?