I try to avoid posting anything political on this site, because that’s not what it is for. I do, however, discuss autism on here. At the bottom is a link to U.S Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plan to address autism in the United States. A couple of things impressed me:
First, she is addressing the entire age spectrum; kids, teens, and adult populations. We often focus on early intervention, and that is important, but what services are there once these individuals turn 18? 25? 45?
Second, she is addressing the minority populations. I speak from experience when I say that the “brown” communities (Black and Hispanic, mainly) are highly under diagnosed when it comes to autism. Some of this is because of a lack of resources, some from a lack of awareness in the communities (I have heard some people say that “black people don’t get autism”), and some from a predisposition in the medical and educational fields to assume low intelligence rather than an exceptional mind.
Third, Clinton is calling for more funding in all areas of autism. Thus far, a vast majority of funding is aiming at research to identify the cause and “cure” for autism. Very little in comparison is focused on the programs and services that autistic individuals and their families need now.
At least for the United States, I think this is a good starting point. She’s addressing some of the very areas I’ve raised concerns about. So…what do you guys think?
PS: I want to keep the comments on the subject of autism and the autism plan itself, not Clinton. Is it a good starting point? Could it go further? How? Did it miss anything? What would you add/edit?