My friend Suzy sent me this:
A couple of things......
1) The CDC is NO FRIEND to children with autism. Don't buy it. Don't buy it. Don't buy it.
2) The article states that 10 % of the 8 year old population studied has some form of autism. 10%!
It goes on:
"Our estimates are becoming better and more consistent, though we can't yet tell if there is a true increase in (autism spectrum disorders) or if the changes are the result of our better studies," CDC Director Julie Gerbering said in a statement.
Anyone who can look at the numbers and make a statement like that should be tested for their own developmental delay.
3) The article describes Asperger's as "relatively subtle." My kid is on the high functioning end of the spectrum but she does not go "unnoticed" for very long. Believe me, subtle, she's not.
(Speaking of "high functioning," I really need to write something about that label. Perhaps another day).
Anyway...if this is what the CDC is admitting to, one can only imagine the scope of the truth.
Think autism doesn't affect you? Look out. Our ecomony stands to come crashing down if the powers that be continue to ignore this epidemic. If we continue to deny these kids the medical interventions and therapies they need.
What happens when the parents die? The "lower functioning" will end up institutionalized. Who's paying? Without early intervention, our "higher functioning" kids will be out on the street. You think we have a homeless crises now? Just wait.
10% of the 8 year old population has some form of autism?
It's a self inflicted medical travesty. A result of greed and collective unconsciousness.
It's a disgrace.
And it will affect everyone.