the Assistant Director of the Emory Autism Center, Michael Morrier says he gets
more than a half dozen calls from desperate parents every day.
get phone calls from parents, probably seven a day, that want to know what we
offer and we tell them, and they say 'I can't afford that.'
for those who can afford the $25,000 dollar a year tuition, The Walden Early Childhood
Center at the Emory Autism Center can be life changing for a child with autism."
wonder if anyone is asking why we suddenly need expensive schools for
a disorder no one ever heard about 25 years ago. I'm sure lots
of people think that if there were really a problem, doctors and
health officials would be sounding an alarm about autism---BUT THEY'RE
companies are now required to cover autism diagnosis and treatment and cover up
to $50,000 in therapy for kids between the ages of two and six.
to the reform, it was difficult for the average family to pay out-of-pocket for
the recommended 20 to 40 hours of therapy each week."
as we've gotten used to hearing that more than one percent of children have
autism, we're being told insurance should have to cover services--on a state-by-state
basis. All this is happening without any demand to know why this is
necessary. Why do we have these disabled kids who never used to be
here? I'm betting that the cost of caring for the autistic adults who
will keep on coming and coming and coming will not be something the taxpayers
will meekly accept. I posted several comments.
"Regardless of all
the unanswered questions, autism is a common condition. More and more children
are in need autistic services than ever before to identify the disorder at
early ages and work with families to help their children transition to adulthood."
The real title of this piece should be,
"Numerous career opportunities in autism."
This is surreal. Autism affects a lot of kids. We used to think it was mostly genetic, but
now we know it's mostly environmental.
Lots of things could be causing autism; we really don't know what's
behind the increase.
"Regardless of all the unanswered
questions, autism is a common condition."
"The number of special education
teachers is expected to increase by 17% through 2018, which is faster than the
average growth rate for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
I guess losing a generation of children to
autism has a bright side---there are going to be lots of people making their
living off all the disabled kids. Maybe
someone should consider that we also have to pay for those with autism. That doesn't seem to worry anyone here.
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'The flu vaccine barely
worked to protect elderly people this year, and it helped prevent illness in
just 56 percent of adults and children overall, federal health officials said
flu vaccine reduced the chances of illness by just 9 percent in people over 65,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Overall, it reduced
illness by 56 percent.
this year's vaccine was considered a good match for the most common circulating
flu viruses, it still only provided 47 percent protection against the main
virus, called H3N2, the CDC said in its weekly report on death and illness.'
Maggie Fox, senior
writer at NBC News, has long defended vaccines against all comers. The
issue here is the effectiveness of the vaccine. It's amazing but despite
the poor record of this vaccine, an expert is quoted telling us, 'While the
vaccine is not as effective as we would like, it by far remains the single most
important thing people can do to protect themselves from flu.' Hard to
believe, but it's true.
state can decide for itself how it wants its official "essential health
benefits" (EHB) package to handle services for children with developmental
state also will have at least two options for deciding how it wants to handle
pediatric dental and vision benefits in the EHB package.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that it will
be taking that approach to running the EHB program in an advance version of a
new final rule, 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related
to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation' (CMS-9980-F).
insurers, employers and groups representing parents of children facing
developmental delays have spent years fighting emotional battles over whether
states should mandate that plans provide coverage for expensive habilitative
services, such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for people with autism. ABA
therapy and similar types of therapy can cost $30,000 a year or more."
For years the federal
government has covered up, denied, and obfuscated the issue of autism.
Personally, I've long felt they're planning to dump the whole mess on the
states while U.S. health officials continue to scratch their heads chanting
"studies show no link" and "no one knows how much of the
increase is real." The upcoming changes to the DSM are just a preview of