meteoric rise in autism is the most pressing social issue of our time....
"It is time for us
to open our eyes wide and see that the real threat to our country's financial
future lies in the health and well-being of our children....
is not an isolated case anymore. This is one in 50 children, and since the
number keeps rising, when will it stop? At what number will it become a
national priority to find out what is causing autism to try to prevent it? At
what number will we have viable treatment options for all those diagnosed with
It's incredible to read
THE ALARM expressed here. Why isn't every news outlet saying these
things? (I posted three comments.)
is on the rise in New Jersey and interaction between law enforcement and those
who are autistic occurs more frequently. The communication skills necessary to
meet this challenge was the goal of today's important seminar,' Bramnick,
R-Union, Morris and Somerset, said. 'This was a very important event for law
enforcement and I was pleased to join with Attorney General Chiesa, Prosecutor
Romankow and Mr. Debbaudt.'"
I love how NJ covers
autism. They're trying their best to adjust to the epidemic---no questions
asked. This is how NJ prepares for the future---train the police. The stories
of abuse and neglect in our schools, where teachers are supposed to be able to
deal with autism will soon be replaced by many more stories about how the
police handle with young adults with autism. Things will only get worse.
"A New York law
that was supposed to guarantee insurance coverage for expensive autism
treatments for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of autistic children is
failing families because of an 11th-hour amendment added in Albany, according
to NBC News.
2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill mandating health insurers pay for applied behavioral analysis -- ABA
for short, a therapy that can cost $150 an hour. The therapy involves
one-on-one sessions where autistic children learn social interactions like eye
contact, often through repetition and reward.
before the law took effect last year, the state Department of Financial
Services made an emergency amendment to the regulation. The amendment allows
insurance companies to deny coverage if an ABA provider does not also possess
an additional license for psychiatry, psychology, social work or similar professions.
ABA providers are not state-licensed counselors and New York does not offer a
license specifically for behavior analysts."
Changing the DSM,
denying coverage---this is how America deals with autism.
"It report that 1
in 50 children has autism and 1 in every 31 boys. As if the numbers aren't
staggering enough, are we to believe this country needs more awareness?"
We should all be scared.
Experts have said that 80 percent of autistic Americans are under the age of
18. Maybe when a million children with autism age into adulthood we'll get
serious about honestly and thoroughly addressing the cause.
"Experts say the
new estimate doesn't necessarily mean autism is rising but suggests doctors are
diagnosing the disorder more often, especially in older children with milder
This doesn't make any
sense. The new rate of one in 50 doesn't mean autism is really increasing, it's
because "doctors are diagnosing the disorder more often." They're
diagnosing more often because there's more autism. This is what's been
happening with autism: 1995 1:500, 2001 1:250, 2004 1:166, 2007 1:150, 2009
1:110, 2012 1:88, 1:50. In the face of these numbers, federal health
officials remain clueless. For those who say this is all just a better
diagnosing and an expanded definition of autism, please note: the diagnosis was
expanded back in 1994. Doctors should have caught on to the symptoms by 2000,
but that didn't happened. The numbers keep on rising and health officials have
never even called autism a crisis.