Obama VS Romney: Who will rise for Autism?
Children are our future. 1 in 88 has an autism spectrum disorder. It was 1 in 150 only 10 years ago. Clearly, the numbers are rising.
These children with autism are growing up and becoming adults who need homes, jobs and other various types of assistance. The economy is tough on typical people much less people with autism that likely encounter more obstacles when it comes to finding and keeping a job. So, what is our next president going to do about it? We need someone to challenge the issue of autism because it cannot be overlooked. Let's find out what presidential candidate Mitt Romney and incumbent Barack Obama have in mind for our future.
Romney wants to allow families dealing with autism and disabilities the ability to use federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) to send their children to the school of their choice. This would include public or private schools in states where the law allows it. Ideally this will give families more flexibility and freedom to choose schools that meet the education needs of their children. It would also give low income families access to quality education for their children. He also says that he will designate funds for health and science research.
Our current president has done several things to help people dealing with autism. His Affordable Healthcare Act includes healthcare reform for individuals with autism as well as autism insurance reform. He also signed a 3-year extension of former President George W. Bush's Combating Autism Act (2006), which includes $231 million annually through 2014 to fund autism research, early detection, early intervention programs and education. He announced $85 million in stimulus funds for autism research, and he proclaimed April 2 to be autism awareness day. April is autism awareness month.
No matter who will be elected as our next president on November 6, let's hope that they have a bright future in mind for us and that children and autism are a high priority. When it comes to politics, there's always a lot of talk about good things that are going to be done, but in the end, it's up to you and I to hold our leaders accountable. Perhaps you and I are the people who will ultimately rise to the challenge by doing things like raising autism awareness by donating to autism research, participating in autism walks and volunteering at autism playgroups and other events.