Yesterday was the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform on C-Span discuss the riding autism numbers, and funding. I was deeply saddened by 70% of what was discussed and quite shocked at the outdated attitudes our government holds about autism. I saw many of speakers liken us to AIDs, cancer and repetitively call autism a disease.
There was some good testimony given by a few speakers. Dr. Alan Guttmacher, MD (Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentNational Institutes of Health)
did a very nice job speaking about how we need to focus on the needs of people with autism now. He mentioned very specific things that can be done,as well as organizations that have made a difference in the lives of autistic people and their families, including those that are run by and for autistic people.