It’s 2012 and we are no closer to solving the autism dilemma than we were over a decade ago.
Government health officials continue to tell us that they don’t know what is causing the numbers to rise nor how to stop it. I’ve been an autism advocate since 2000, and no matter what I believe or you believe is fueling the epidemic, very little has changed in regard to a consensus.
The one thing that has changed is the growing number of children aging into adulthood. In the next few years, well over a half-million children with autism will become adults. Every day on the Internet, in almost every state, I read stories about adults with autism who have no services and no place to go for help.
For many people who have chosen to look away from this growing problem for over a decade, we can shut our eyes no longer. The tsunami of disabled young adults with autism has arrived. As a nation, we should be obligated to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, through no fault of their own.
It’s time now to meet this crucial dilemma head-on, with understanding, compassion and a lot of hard work.
North Augusta, S.C.