April 2, 2012

Autism Awareness isn't enough

Here is a great post Autism Awareness isn't enough

Now society is coming to understand that the broad spectrum of autism — as it’s currently defined, which will change next year with the publication of the DSM-5 – isn’t rare after all. In fact, “autism is common,” said Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last week in a press conference. The subject of the conference was a new CDC report, based on 2008 data, that raised the official estimate of autism prevalence among children in the United States from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88.

 I could post a 1000 posts on Facebook today.  But it won't help.  Not until someone wants to listen.  A friend or co-worker (if I worked) or relative.  Even then you have a short period in which to explain it.

Severely disabled children, those who don't communicate well, are usually the ones focused on when it comes time to turn the spotlight on Autism.  And rightfully so.  Their lives are terribly disrupted as are their families lives.

But there are the others, like me.  Disabled in that I can't follow social conventions easily.  I need help to know what to do, in other words.  My daughters need help.  They don't function well in classrooms.

Anyhow, Autism awareness is great, but no, it's not enough.

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