April saw scant autism awareness

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Well, April -- Autism Awareness Month -- has passed with no more fanfare than a parade minus a band.

There was some media attention focusing on autism families and how behavioral therapy helped the child with tantrums, or a little newspaper story about diagnosing the child early on so they can start speech right away.

With the exception of Robert MacNeil's terrific weeklong autism report on PBS, there was little to get excited about the whole month. Autism was treated for 30 days like a disorder we should simply get used to as the numbers climb like Jack's beanstalk.

I missed the concern about cause and cure. I know I missed the red sirens and loudspeakers blaring, "We've got to stop this epidemic now." Why are government health officials, doctors, etc., sitting on the sidelines waiting for the parade to pass?

Autism isn't going to go away like a sore throat. It's here to stay. In the next few years, well over a half-million children on the autism spectrum will reach adulthood, and the majority will never be able to take care of themselves.

I know so many families that are feeling frantic about the situation, and yet the government wants to "send in the clowns."

Let's make May Autism Month too, and start to get serious about the disaster that's upon us.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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amdachel 05/06/11 - 11:50 pm
No one has ever shown us a

No one has ever shown us a significant population of adults with severe autism like we see in our children. It's that simple. Children with classic autism symptoms are everywhere. I can go to any school in the area and find them. I can't go to nursing homes and group homes and find adults like this. We need to be demanding to know the cause. Dr. Thomas Insel, head of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee created by Congress has said that 80 percent of Americans with autism are under the age of 18 and he warned that we have to prepare for a million people who will be in need of significant services in the near future. The IACC recently called autism "a national health emergency." It's time we addressed autism as an emergency.

Anne Dachel
Media editor: Age of Autism

noaharkwright 05/07/11 - 09:03 am
I have an autism-spectrum

I have an autism-spectrum disorder and I am a fully functioning member of society because my parents didn't tell me I was a Special Magical Indigo Autism Child as a kid and instead prepared me for the real world.

soldout 05/07/11 - 09:14 am
there is still tons of

there is still tons of research connected it to vaccinations. You can check drtenpenny.com and other sites. If they weren't connected, then giving a child a naet treatment for a vaccination couldn't help them but it does. Vaccinations are like cholesterol drugs as they are big money makers and no one wants to stop the gravy train. Some day there will be many regrets for both. Since everyone started using sunscreen the rate of skin cancer in women is up 50% but the money isn't in not using it. More people go to emergency rooms with heart attacks having low cholesterol than high but that don't run TV ads saying that. My guideline is; "if they advertise it on TV don't use it". We all can make the choice to ride the medical train down life's road that eventually may have a wreck or choose the alternative health cruise ship to smooth waters and warm breezes with no side-effects.

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