I also encourage researchers, particularly in the United States, where most significant autism research is done, to continue efforts to finding causes, treatments and ... someday ... cures for autism disorders. Autism is not just a different personality, a life style or a culture. It is a medical disorder that restricts the lives of most affected by it. I also encourage autism researchers in the US to contribute more funding towards environmentally focused autism research. Autism has not even remotely been explained by the total dedication of funding dollars towards genetic autism research. The emerging paradigm recognizes autism as resulting from gene environment interaction. So it might be a very good idea to recognize the fine work done by Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto and her colleagues who have done so much to bring attention to the environmental side of the autism equation.
I encourage everyone .. researchers, doctors, government leaders, media "journalists", bloggers and citizens of all countries to recognize that autism is not just a childhood disorder, that autistic children grow up to become autistic adults. Many will require services in all areas of life including residential care and treatment which accommodates the challenges presented by their autism disorders.