Age of Autism's Mark Blaxill & Jennifer Larson Place Denial and How to End the Autism Epidemic into POTUS' Hands
Earlier this week, Mark Blaxill and Jennifer Larson met President Donald Trump at a Minnesota event. They were able to get two books into his hands. Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future by Mark and our own Dan Olmsted. And How to End the Autism Epidemic by JB Handley.
I know that the President is a lightning rod. Loved by many. Hated by many. There's not a lot of middle ground. Presidents have done precious little for us. Republican or Democrat. We went 8 long years without any meaningful response from President Obama. In fact, he pushed the neurodiversity agenda further down the field than anyone expected. Katie Wright's Mom Suzanne tried in vain for years to get an audience with First Lady Obama to discuss the autism crisis to no avail. President Bush was no better for our community. Only Senator McCain (RIP) acknowledged our needs during his ill fated campaign. Clinton? Bush? Nope.
With this in mind, I recall a line taught t0 me many years ago by a mentor. "Don't punish progress." Getting these books into POTUS' hands is progress. I don't think for one minute he will read them cover to cover. Maybe someone around him will take a look though. Open the pages. Learn. Think. And we certainly must applaud the effort - very real effort of Mark and Jen to make this photo happen.
Speaking of progress, from NBC News: President Donald Trump signed two bills at the White House on Wednesday aimed at lowering pharmaceutical drug prices by promoting greater disclosure in drug pricing.
The two bills the president signed — the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patients' Right to Know Drug Prices Act — are meant to prevent "gag clauses" in agreements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen who administer prescription drug programs for insurance companies, which pharmacists say kept them from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers. Read more here: Trump signs bills lifting pharmacist 'gag clauses' on drug prices NBC News reported last year on the agreements between pharmacies and insurance companies that had kept some pharmacists from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers.
The book covers on this version are blotted out for a reason. At Jen's request. We hope you will respect that. And comment as you see fit - keep it civil please. That's all I ask. Thanks. Kim