NOTE: Supply and demand. Supply and demand. Supply and demand.
By Anne Dachel
June 16, 2017, Winston-Salem (NC) Journal: ABC of NC to break ground on $6.5 million expansion autism treatment facility
The Triad’s only comprehensive provider of autism services is expanding to meet the increasing needs of autistic children and their families.
ABC of NC will break ground June 28 on a new 26,000-square-foot Autism Clinic on its campus at 905 Friedberg Church Road. ...
Autism spectrum disorder refers to a group of complex disorders of brain development and is marked by difficulties in social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and issues with verbal and nonverbal communication, according to ABC of NC. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 58 North Carolina children born today will receive a diagnosis of autism. ...
It was only a matter of time before ABC of NC was going to have to grow. Casey Raymer, the organization’s director of development, said the center moved from Old Vineyard Road to Friedberg Church Road in 2015 with an eye toward expansion.
“Over the past several years, we’ve really seen an explosion in need for autism services,” Raymer said.
Not only has there been an increase in the number of children with a diagnosis of autism, but changes in insurance coverage are creating more demand for services, ...
ABC of NC serves 350 children and their families every year from 18 North Carolina counties, mostly in the Triad. Raymer said that with the new clinic, the organization will be able to serve about 700 children a year.
All I can say when I read that people acknowledge "an explosion in need for autism services," cite a rate higher than the national average (one in 58), and announce that the autism clinic will be doubling in size, with absolutely alarm over what's happening---WE HAVE GIVEN UP. You just accept the diagnosis, take your child home, and learn to live with the disorder. THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.
On Huffington today I found an article entitled, My Child Was Just Diagnosed With Autism – Now What? by Mary Bailey, Co-founder of Chase Yur Dreams Foundation and Chase 'N Yur Face Media.
In essence, Bailey advises parents to "learn the lingo," get a support system, establish a schedule, be good yourself, "be proactive & seek marriage counseling," ...and lastly, "allow the journey to change you for the better." The shocking message here is: HAVING AUTISM IS NORMAL, GET USED TO IT.
"Now What?" didn't include any mention of dealing with seizures, gut issues, meltdowns, or regression. There wasn't a word about chelation, diet, or any of the biomedical treatments that have been shown to really help these children.
The folks in North Carolina ought to be glad they're not living in South Carolina. Last month we learned that the latest survey there found one in 28 kids has autism.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.