Autism services an unnecessary evil?

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It is not surprising that autism services in South Carolina are being mentioned as the first to go in this economic crisis.

Any services for these children have been hard to come by from the beginning. Gov. Mark Sanford and his staff are discussing eliminating the expanded South Carolina program for 300 autistic children. In addition, Medicaid could also be cut.

What they don't realize is that cutting these programs that are helping so many children will only come back to slap all of us in the face later. When these tens of thousands of autistic children all over the country don't receive early intervention and they reach the age of 18, the taxpayers are going to be hit with monumental costs to help the state pay for their care. We are talking trillions of dollars.

What this all says to me is that services for autistic children are still considered an unnecessary evil in South Carolina and this country as a whole.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/26/08 - 05:21 am
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Maurine, the autistic don't

Maurine, the autistic don't vote. We're too busy taking care of those who won't care for themselves to worry about those that can't take care of themselves.

Paws..
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Paws.. 10/26/08 - 07:14 am
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"We are talking trillions of

"We are talking trillions of dollars.

What this all says to me is that services for autistic children are still considered an unnecessary evil in South Carolina and this country as a whole."

Maurine Meleck.......................Wow! Trillions of dollars! I think you got your zeros mixed up there babe. I also bet that you have never had an autistic child and it's a sure bet that you have never been around an autistic adult. A family with an austic child or adult needs all the help they can get.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/26/08 - 07:34 am
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Paws, Maurine knows more

Paws, Maurine knows more about autism first-hand than you will ever know (thankfully). What she was talking about is the millions of dollars that will be necessary to take care of adults with autism that have not received proper early intervention. She and I know that autism is treatable, if it is treated when the child is young. South Carolina had a better system than Georgia to treat autism and it is unfortunate that this would be a first service to go. Kids diagnosed with autism and their parents need these services. Unfortunately, services for the developmentally disabled are the first to be chopped in a recession. It will be a regretable decision.

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corgimom 10/26/08 - 07:35 am
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Autistic people most

Autistic people most certainly do vote. They are not mentally impaired. My son votes. My son received early intervention and he is fine. If you were to meet him, you would never believe that I was told, when he was 11 months old, that he was so far behind that he might never walk or talk. My son served in the Army as a firefighter, works as a park ranger for the San Diego Zoo, and is the father of twin girls.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/26/08 - 07:57 am
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Great response, corgimom!

Great response, corgimom!

disssman
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disssman 10/26/08 - 08:27 am
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I think that part of the

I think that part of the problem is defining AUTISM. At one time a person identified with the problem was easily discernable. But as time went on Autism has progressed the way of Handicapped Parking Permits. Apparently Autism is a much nicer term than Downs Syndrome, so people like little Sarah, in order to not be stygmized with one disease, opt to refer to family members having another problem. I personally feel sorry for the child with, MS, spinal curve problems, achne, deformities etc. etc. etc. But to say we are going to place one disease atop all others is ridiculous. Where was the outcry before little Sarahs child came on the scene. Kinda reminds me that no one cared about Alzheimers until Ronnie had it. Bottom line is that all children are "special" and all should be funded and treated equally. And as bad as it sounds, the reality is, sometimes there is just no help, regardless of the amount of money spent.

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soldout 10/26/08 - 09:28 am
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South Carolina also has the

South Carolina also has the finest alternative treatment for childhood problems at www.ajouneytohealth.net in Wagener where NAET is being used to help these problems. It is an amazing place doing amazing things.

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Niko Mahs 10/26/08 - 09:29 am
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Just like the anti-abortion

Just like the anti-abortion GOP! These folks worry like heck about the unborn, but once you are born then you are on your own. That's really what I know to be Compassionate Conservatism.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/26/08 - 10:34 am
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corgimom, do you think this

corgimom, do you think this article is about your son and those that contend with autism as well as he? Have you ever heard of the concept, "there are exceptions that prove the rule"?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/26/08 - 10:37 am
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Niko Mahs, are you really as

Niko Mahs, are you really as stupid as your posts suggest?

lord griggs1947
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lord griggs1947 10/26/08 - 12:02 pm
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Niko Mas, you state the truth

Niko Mas, you state the truth while the sweetie Patricia ever brays at reality! Now some right to enforce pregnancy persons do care for the born: we call them Democrats.
Please,folks support mental health! Many of us who suffer from mental disabilities do vote.
McShame voted against special needs legistation and against help for us veterans, I understand. So much for conservative compassion!

corgimom
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corgimom 10/26/08 - 12:12 pm
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PT, no, he is NOT the

PT, no, he is NOT the exception, and you are downright ignorant, not to mention WRONG. And he doesn't "Contend" with autism any more than you "contend" with ignorance.

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neiman1 10/26/08 - 12:52 pm
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Sarah Palin would make sure

Sarah Palin would make sure there were benefits for all special needs children. It's part of her life and her soul.

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mable8 10/26/08 - 02:14 pm
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Sarah Palin refers to

Sarah Palin refers to "children with special needs," which encompasses ALL children who are challenged in some manner. There are no 'favorites' as some posters imply. Get over it folks and recognize the truth that some people in power don't give a hoot for those citizens who really need the help. Not everyone requiring assistance is a deadbeat, lazy, drug/alcohol addicted moron as some would suggest. When budgets are cut, the first two items that get the axe are Social Services and Education. What will you do when the day arrives and you need help--only to find that the person holding the pen has eliminated that assistance so some idiot could study the frog breeding in South America in the name of science? Believe it, you won't like what you feel! Remember, never say never because you have no idea what YOUR future might hold for you.

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anotherlook 10/26/08 - 04:34 pm
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I agree that there is no

I agree that there is no 'one' group of symptoms that can strictly be defined as Autism. There are surely similarities of course ,but Autism itself resembles a continuum of types and severity. That being said, I think that the issue here is that the government has made a cut in funding and caring people need to step in to bridge that gap. Definately a hard task...but not impossible. I remember someone reporting about past inequities of funding between Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer. Years later, pink ribbons are all over the place. Awareness walks and marathons are being held to raise funds. And foundations are developing techniques that allow them to act as clearinghouses for donations made through product sales which are directed toward funding clinics, treatment, and reasearch and development. I know several Autistic young persons and I wouldn't just give up on them, regardless of what the government does or doesn't do. Those who care and are committed to maximizing the potential of these young persons will be wise to take a page from the Breast Cancer play book. Let's get to work and start looking toward the future.

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Paws.. 10/26/08 - 04:57 pm
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"Paws, Maurine knows more

"Paws, Maurine knows more about autism first-hand than you will ever know (thankfully). What she was talking about is the millions of dollars that will be necessary to take care of adults with autism that have not received proper early intervention. She and I know that autism is treatable, if it is treated when the child is young."
Posted by JesusIsComing on Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:34 AM ...................................................Yes, I am thankful that I have never had an autistic child. However I do have 12 years hands on experience with profoundly retarded adults and many among them were autistic. Early interventions do help and some show dramatic improvement but some do not. I am more familiar with those who do not respond to intervention and the almost unbearable burden to their families once they reach adulthood. Those families face a certain hopelessness because there is no way they can live a normal family life and their plight is, unfortunately, low on the funding priority list.

Paws..
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Paws.. 10/26/08 - 05:02 pm
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"Just like the anti-abortion

"Just like the anti-abortion GOP! These folks worry like heck about the unborn, but once you are born then you are on your own. That's really what I know to be Compassionate Conservatism."
Posted by Niko Mahs on Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:29 AM ...............................Niko, your posts'remind me of a stray dog trotting down the street and every once in a while he stops by a sign post or mail box and hikes his leg to mark his territory. Your comments have a remarkable similarity to dog [filtered word].

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/26/08 - 06:34 pm
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dissman, The reason children

dissman, The reason children with Down Syndrome are not as "popular" any more is that 90% of them are aborted. That is the reason that Sarah Palin's decision to go ahead with her pregnancy was such a brave and moral choice. Your idea that all children are special and deserve the same amount of funding etc. is ridiculous. Most kids do not need the extremely intensive services that children diagnosed with autism require. Fairness means everyone gets what they need - not equality.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/26/08 - 06:39 pm
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Paws, If you want to have

Paws, If you want to have less adults with severe developmental disabilities then we'd better provide the servces when they are young. There is a window of opportunity that exists to make a difference with these little ones. Once it closes, you can still improve their lot but it is much more difficult.

disssman
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disssman 10/26/08 - 07:15 pm
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Jesus is comming. Your post

Jesus is comming. Your post sounds awfully a lot like SOCIALISM. You know "spreading the wealth from those with money to those needing it more" For your information I have a niece who is special. She is now 27 years old, has had the best one-on-one education money can but and still can't live on her own. I think Nieman1 tells it like it is, little Sarah woul;d finagle the funding for her child at the expense of kids with M.S. Deformed limbs, Asthma, or any of the other diseases afflicting children. Lets face it folks her kid has DOWNS syndrome, why dosen't she say that? Why is she using a catch phrase. I am sorry but, I have seen kids with Autism and there is a very real and distinct difference in them. By the way you must remember that just like allof us can see our doctor and now get a handicapped sticker, a lot of doctors will sign off on a child having learning disorders. Should I ask how many kids are on RIDLIN for ADDS and they are on it because mommy insisted.

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GnipGnop 10/26/08 - 07:54 pm
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I have a friend with a

I have a friend with a autistic child. They get no help with his treatment and pay $3000 a month out of pocket for schooling and treatment. They have found a place that specializes in autism treatment. The cost is $100k a year. No help for them whatsoever. They are considering getting a divorce and his wife relocating to Atlanta 5 days a week just so they can get assistamce with the treatment. Yet we pay people to sit on their butts, have babies and do nothing. What's wrong with this picture? Why do we punish the responsible and reward the sorry?

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mother_of_autistic_son 10/26/08 - 08:39 pm
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My son was born in the early

My son was born in the early 90's, during his earlier developement he felled through the cracks because autisim was not a "spectrum" as it is today. Now he is diagnois with autism, retardation, bi-polar, etc. And on 6 different meds.

He is approching his 18th birthday, the school system has failed him, so I am forced to place him in an out of state residential treatment to get him life skills and prepare him for his future.

This children like my son needs help to provide for themselves now so they will not be a burden once the parents aged and die. The price to pay now is alot cheaper than the price to pay later. I am so worry for his future.

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MyOpinion2 10/26/08 - 10:43 pm
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I hope the people of SC

I hope the people of SC protest and can change Gov. Mark Sanford and his staff's decision of eliminating the expanded South Carolina program for 300 autistic children. I have seen kids with autism becoming Dentists and Lawyers with early intervention.

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1941 10/27/08 - 07:12 am
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That is one of the reasons

That is one of the reasons why abortion should always be there for the ones that can not afford to take care of a disabled child , from the womb, to the grave. Why should the taxpayers , pay for the care of these children. T he same people who bring these children into the world, would not give a dime to the homeless vets, the unwed mothers, the poor, etc, but they think that the taxpayers should take care of thier child all of thier lives.the same ones who do not belive in abortions. They have thier priorties mixed up.

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gotenksssj20 10/27/08 - 12:23 pm
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You know what CHANGE your

You know what CHANGE your right. And while we are at it lets go ahead and abort those who are already born. Lets start with you and your ridiculous comments. Yes lets get rid of all that is not considered perfect in your eyes or democratic eyes. I wish there was a place that we could take all those that you deem unfit to live or be born and put them behind a barbed wire fence so they can "infect" the rest of us clean ppl and ruin our perfect society. OH WAIT someone tried that once. I think his name was Hitler. Hey and it worked well for him till he realized he was gonna fail so instead of owning up to his problems and taking responsibility for his actions he killed himself. I think he was democratic as well. And we all see how well it worked out for him. I think you're right lets all get rid of anything we don't want and have no responsibility for our actions whatsoever. You're an jerk you know that

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