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President Obama Includes Funding For Autism In His FY 2010 Budget Proposal 

Washington, DC (February 26, 2009) – Today President Barack Obama unveiled a Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal that includes $211 million for the Combating Autism Act (CAA). This is the first year since the passage of the CAA that direct funding for autism has been included in the President’s budget proposal. Passed in 2006, the CAA authorized $920 million in federal funding over five years to fight autism through biomedical and environmental research, surveillance, awareness and early identification.


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Comments:

Anonymous @ 9/5/2010 10:43:28 AM ia worried whats happing to funds for autisum in puerto rico in ponce half a million was taken from the funds and given to the mayor to do other for ponce pr anonymous

Anonymous @ 9/19/2009 12:47:20 PM Dear Mr. President,
My son has been dignosed with Autisum 4 month ago and now he is 3 years with no speech and has senory issues sleep issues and behavior issues.

I really need finacnial help with is problem! I do have him going to speech and occp. services 1 once a week for 1 hour a week and preschool with ESD 2 days a week for only 1 and half hour a week. But now I am very concered because he is not geeting enough services he needs at least 20 hours a week of service but he is only getting 3 hours a week and even his Doctor is concerned becuse the is not improving and that is due to service that he needs!

His doctor really wants him to get ABA service but she said umless we are rich or won lottery that it is very expensive and I am willing to do anything for my son to get him the help he need. I am on oregon health plan but they dont cover this service. I am in tears everyday becuse I see my son and what his daily life style is I feel helpless becuse I cannot affort the service h

Anonymous @ 7/5/2009 10:10:29 AM I am grateful from for your help and for taking notice of our ongoing struggles. But I do wish you would recognize another struggle we as parents, especially single parents go through. From the minute our children are born We have to learn everything we can prepare for the battle, insurance,schools,etc. we are constantly having to go the various therapies, meetings, conferences, dr. appts., and to help with behavior issues of our children.It is really hard to keep a job. We truely need some way of supporting our family from home so we can be there to help our children. Not a handout a real job with income and benifits. Can’t there be job programs for parents of disabled children? We are highly qualified individuals who have become researchers, teachers, life coaches, occupational therapists, childrens rights activist, counselors,etc. Again I thank for any help because we all need it. But please consider the other aspects of what we face. 

Anonymous @ 6/18/2009 7:47:11 PM Money for this could be found in the Vaccine Injury Court run by the US government. The money comes from a tax placed on each vaccine given to pay for vaccine injuries. Since the court rarly pays for these injuries they might as well release it to help support the families of autistic children. I mentioned vaccines so I bet this won’t be posted. Please surprise me!

Anonymous @ 3/20/2009 11:18:52 AM I am so happy that Our New President sees this to be an important situation we currently face. My son was recently diagnosed with Autism and it is amazing how fundless and clueless we are in this matter. I wish this would happen NOW NOT IN 2010… We must keep fighting!!!!

Anonymous @ 3/20/2009 9:37:15 AM 3;20;2009 11:50 AM
DEAR MR PRESIDENT.I AM THE GRANDMOM OF a 9yrs old Autism girl i have one leg and trying to get some kind of funning to help open up some kind of center for small and large adult that have the problem that need special care he are she may need one on one .And no one have the time to give it.I came up with the name careing center, , I have been threw the mills but sill haven given up,I’m been trying to get a leg sences 2004 still dont have it but i wont give up. I wont to see can i try and make a little progress for some one else ,weather its autism are are some outher problem can you please help me to try and outhers more then i have been doning, with the help of god, I am still able to drive,I dont walk on cruches Iam in a wheel chair,if you cant help maybe you no some one who can. I am 62yrs old I try to be the child god wont me to be just a plane old body trying to help someone else ,love you happy to have you and your wife in our life.please emal geneva meade be

Anonymous @ 3/20/2009 9:28:49 AM As a parent of a child with Autism, I want to thank the President from the bottom of my heart for this funding, which will benefit many children and their families affected by this disorder. My son was diagnosed 4 years ago and I have finally gone through all the stages of grief. I have now accepted that this will be a lifelong journey and fight for my son to reach his full potential, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks to great, knowledgeable teachers, local funding that cover his many therapies, and insurance that covers his medication, he is really showing improvement and I finally have real hope for his future. He will always be different than us neurotypicals, but I strive everyday to ensure that he will become a happy, independent adult. By the way to those who are not familiar with Temple Grandin and her many books that describe her life with Autism, she is a great source of inspiration and hope. God Bless everyone who is affected by this disorder.

Anonymous @ 3/18/2009 6:49:28 PM Our grandson, Cade, has autism. Cade attends school and plays sports but has a very hard time focusing. It’s painful at times to watch him struggle through life with such difficulty. Cade quietly suffers with the different aspects of autism that we can’t even begin to understand. There’s another whole side of Cade that is unique, lovable and totally unselfish. When we visit his house, we no sooner have our feet in the door than we hear a running sound which is followed by a giant hug which is followed by the words “Hello Grandma, Hello Grandpa” said in rapid succession then he’s out of the room again. He doesn’t stay around too long for day to day pleasantries. He CAN’T. It’s too difficult for him. A few years ago he couldn’t make eye contact. Do you have any idea how wonderful it is when Cade looks in our eyes now and smiles? Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Mr. President, for helping to eradicate this vicious disorder. It has stolen our children away from us. 

Anonymous @ 3/18/2009 6:34:52 PM We are raising a child with autism. This money is a start but we have a long way to go! Research, education, services, therapy, accomodations, and funding now will save billions of dollars over the long term for our country! Guess what? These kids grow up and without the services now (when they can make a difference) our special children will be depenedent forever of the government to take care of them as they age. When will everyone see that autism is a financial nightmare and the biggest health care crisis we have right now?

Anonymous @ 3/18/2009 2:09:36 PM I’am so rejoiced to hear the the president is taking interest in helping this cause. I just cant express my gratitude because difficult having an Autistic child. My 12 year old is very intelligent and people always take him as being very rude or odd when he is trying to have a conversation. people need to be educated on what Autism is. Thank you President Obama your the greatest.

 Anonymous @ 3/16/2009 9:22:07 AM I am the mother of a 7yr. old autistic boy and it has been challenging to find the financial resources for therapy, certain foods, schools and other treatmensts that he needs to function in his young life. I am glad that the President has alotted 211 million for autism research, at least its on his radar. Hopefully, with this funding more children won’t have to live with autism like so many do now. Thank You!

Anonymous @ 3/16/2009 5:10:02 AM More of the money needs to go towards the programs necessary for the many children who have autism, such as therapy, education, activities, and health related issues. Funding needs to be a priority for those children and adults who have autism, as well as those that will be diagnosed in the future. 

Anonymous @ 3/15/2009 10:40:42 PM As happy as I am that SOMETHING is going towards Autism, I think we all know by now that there is no cure. I believe that money should go toward creating more treatment programs for those who are or will be diagnosed. Waiting lists are up to 10 years long for services, because the need is greater than what’s available.

Anonymous @ 3/15/2009 2:54:54 PM Mr. President, My son who is 4 was diagnosed with severe Autism over a year ago, we lived in Illinois, but there was no insurance coverage until recently. Last year we did everything that we knew to do – we even came to DC in July and spoke with Sen. Durbin. We have moved to Texas and have found resource for our son because the laws here have been in place for some time. Illinois will need to make big strides in order to fully service the families affected by autism. Thank you for making this a priority; we are desperate to see change for our son and for so many others that don’t have the answers – as parents we know that there is so much potential wrapped up on the inside of these children and we are searching for a way to bring it out. Please do your best to be sure that the administration for this money gets spent wisely. I would want to see this money be not just a drop in the bucket, but to be spent in such a way that effects us and the next generation for the better.

Anonymous @ 3/15/2009 1:47:15 PM My wife Judy is the caregiver for our Savant son, Nicholas, and we have no financial assistance or income other than my Social Security. Judy is a two time cancer survivor and has a health care insurance premium of $912.04 a month. I am 71 years old. As a means of helping pay her health insurance premiums, she has written a book about our life in raising an Autistic child to adulthood. Her book life with an Angel and a Fight with the Devil will touch and inspire many people. Our website is http://www.lifewithanangel.net. This book and SS is the only thing we have going for us right now and desperately need help to pay Judy’s health insurance premiums. We have not been able to get financial assistance for her caregiving in Mississippi because there is no help for a parent caring for their own adult child. That seems odd as a stranger or other family member can receive pay for caregiving, but those programs exclude the parent that is the most qualified to be a caregiver.

Anonymous @ 3/14/2009 7:02:54 PM As both one challenged with Aspergers and an activist for affordable healthcare in the USA I say “AUTISM SPEAKS VIVIDLY OF OUR BROKEN HEALTHCARE.” Often those with high functioning autism are rated should be able to work and obtain medical insurance; please remember, in this recession narrowed job market people like me are at a competitive disadvantage with the Neurotypical (non-autisic) counterparts. Autism, including the high functioning Aspergers tends to be an invisible handicap: I’m not in a wheelchair; I don’t tote a white cane, I don’t wear a hearing aid, etc. A-For-Da-Ble Health’ will save our economy, it is in the best interest of everybody, if every job moves out of the country, than (tell me) whose gonna pay the medical fee? 

Anonymous @ 3/14/2009 12:20:50 PM My wife Judy is the caregiver for our Savant son, Nicholas, and we have no financial assistance or income other than my Social Security. Judy is a two time cancer survivor and has a health care insurance premium of $912.04 a month. I am 71 years old. As a means of helping pay her health insurance premiums, she has written a book about our life in raising an Autistic child to adulthood. Her book life with an Angel and a Fight with the Devil will touch and inspire many people. Our website is http://www.lifewithanangel.net. This book and SS is the only thing we have going for us right now and desperately need help to pay Judy’s health insurance premiums. We have not been able to get financial assistance for her caregiving in Mississippi because there is no help for a parent caring for their own adult child. That seems odd as a stranger or other family member can receive pay for caregiving, but those programs exclude the parent that is the most qualified to be a caregiver.

Anonymous @ 3/14/2009 11:56:22 AM My colleagues and I are working on a grassroots movement to instigate autism insurance reform. We are sharing people’s stories regarding autism with senators and congressmen and we are posting real-life stories on our blog site. We need your story to promote autism insurance reform. If you would like to be part of this federal change, you may contact us at insurance_reform_for_autism_now@yahoo.com. We will provide you with additional information regarding our website and information on how to get involved!

Anonymous @ 3/14/2009 10:49:00 AM Focus funding away from finding some sort of e;usive “cure” for autism and fund initiatives that will have a practical benefit, throughout the entire lifespan, for those of us on the autism spectrum.

Anonymous @ 3/12/2009 6:55:42 PM Thank for listening to us, but I would like to ask for one more favor, please make sure that this money is going to the right places and that if the cause or the cure is found to be accessible to all of us affected by Autism. I have an 8 year old little girl who is still on time to find this miracle cure and have a wonderful future. Please make it happen. We are literally putting our kids’ future on your hands.
Thank you and God bless.


Anonymous @ 3/12/2009 6:14:47 PM Thank you Mr. President. My son is 22 y.o. with Aspergers Syndrome. He’s very high functioning and went to a Technical School. He graduated with a diploma in Materials Management; shipping and receiving. He has not been able to get a job for over 6 months. This age population of young people with a disability is highly unemployed right now. My husband and I feel if he could get the right treatment, he would be able to function on his own in this world (to get a job and take care of himself). He is going to a DAN doctor and we are paying out of pocket for different treatments, because insurance won’t pay.***God Bless You for caring about us and our children and for seeing the big picture. These kids are growing up and need to function in our world, in the very near future.**Our son was so excited this year. He got to vote for the 1st time in a presidential election. Guess who he voted for? YES WE CAN!! Stewartstown, PA 17363

Anonymous @ 3/12/2009 2:38:33 PM thank you mr president.my son was 17 months when diagnosed with autism.times have been hard on me and my wife.we had alot of testing in the beginning,because nobody knew what was wrong.he would just sit and stare.then when he got older his mood changed foe the worst.we had to see several doctors to put him on the right meds.last yr he was 7yr my wife could not handle him so i had to leave my job,if i didnot we may had to place him.we took him on a vacation did well to our surprise.he goes to a special school for autism its a hour away hes done well.He still has his moments anger and moodyness.this is aligfetime disease.this affects everyone.there is still HOPE!THANK YOU.

Anonymous @ 3/12/2009 8:00:20 AM There seems to be a growing correlation between Autism and exposure to electromagnetic radiation (cordless baby monitors, WiFi, cell phones, sleep sheep, etc.) There is a petition/letter to President Obama requesting to halt the involuntary, invisible, penetrating radiation on us all:
http://wavr.org/petition/ToObama.php Please, radiation exposure is harming many of us, protecting our children from further harm is urgent!

Anonymous @ 3/11/2009 10:43:23 PM It’s been a hard journy threw this tought time finding out your child has Autism.And the thing is we don’t know why our kids like this. My dear sweet Jaden is 3 years old, and was dignose this year. Its hard but I love him so much and want to give him the whole world if I could.
Thanks for listening!

Anonymous @ 3/11/2009 9:32:11 PM Research is critical. Also critical is assistance for autistic children who are entering their teens. Not all have had the progress which would allow them to live independently. We, their parents, wonder if those who, for example, reach 18 without having been “cured” will receive any care.

Anonymous @ 3/11/2009 9:31:35 PM Research is critical. Also critical is assistance for autistic children who are entering their teens. Not all have had the progress which would allow them to live independently. We, their parents, wonder if those who, for example, reach 18 without having been “cured” will receive any care.

Anonymous @ 3/11/2009 5:57:33 PM Thank you president obama for helping our children. My son is 9 and has PDD on the autism spectrum. He is very high functioning but has a very hard time comprehending and conversing with others. We did not find out of his autism until he was 7 and he has been in several different schools the past few years. He is currently in a specialized classroom but we recently found out his teacher may be laid off at the end of the year. We are both working parents and have tried to get specialized insurances to get him help outside of school. the programs are very costly and we have been rejected every time for the insurances we apply for. It is frustrating to be rejected constantly but with the help of president obama maybe there will be a cure. thank you

Anonymous @ 3/11/2009 6:48:11 AM i think that president obama is doing a great job in helping childern with autism i found out my 4year old child has autism back in april it seem that my hole world around me just stop but we got a around it .my little boy is doing a great job in school and at home but he is really on the go yesterdaY WE FOUND out HE HAS TO GO ON MED. TO com him down so he can fouces on what he is doing.my husband and i have legal custody of him thank god we have him his mother couldn’t take care of him we got him when he was 6months and i wouldn’t change it for the world he is my wonderful little boy and my life 


Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 8:38:22 PM I am very appreciative of President Barack Obama for helping us in giving funds to those who have Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I am one of the many who have Asperger’s Syndrome. I was looking online for famous people who have had Asperger’s Syndrome and I was shocked to learn about one person. We all know a very famous person who has it, but not know it and he is one of the richest people in the world: Bill Gates!! He has Aperger’s Syndrome also and he made a life for himself. For those who have Asperger’s Syndrome and feel very hopeless, Bill Gates should be our hero and idol. If he can do it, we all can make a life for ourselves!! 🙂 He proved that if he can do it, any person with Asperger’s Syndrome can do it. I would like to thank Bill Gates for being that role model and President Obama (whom I voted for) for giving funds to organizations to help those like myself. Michael P. Mitchell, Morristown, NJ

Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 5:17:13 PM Thank you, dear president for your help to our autistic kids! 

grateful mother

Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 3:09:01 PM I have a favorite race car
driver in NASCAR whose neice
has autism, and I’m sure he
is pleased with our president’s funding for research, and, I am also very happy because i believe
these children and adults
are very special and deserve
all the services that are
open to them.


special

Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 1:59:09 PM THANK YOU!!!!

Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 10:20:34 AM Bless you Mr. Obama, you are doing a great job especially by addressing this most important issue. Unfortunately, we are English and live in Quebec, Canada and do not have the resources available to us as much as the French population, but even then our government hasn’t opened their eyes to see, that these children will be adults one day. Pay for help for them today and they will hopefully enter the work force and pay taxes later. Sure wish we had you here as our leader, maybe we would be able to get more done for our children.
Continue your great programs, God bless America and all of you.

Anonymous @ 3/10/2009 9:51:30 AM Finally! My son is now 13 years old and after everything we have been through it is paying off! Some of us appreciate and applaud your effort Mr. President no matter how long the wait. For you folks with young, newly-diagnosed children, how lucky you are! I remember feeling so helpless because a lot of these services were not readily available to those of us in rural areas. But we put all of our efforts, time, money and faith into this special gift who we call our son.

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Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 9:19:08 PM Dear Everyone: Texas passed a bill HB1919 that says that insurance companies must cover autism. Sadly, my insurance is provided by the state, and the state is somehow exempt from it’s own mandated coverage. Could some of this money go to forcing states to cover autism? We can all hope…

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 8:24:55 PM From Robin Guyette, Hershey,PA. I applaud President Obama for what he is planning on doing for autism. I have a 17 yo daughter who is about to graduate high school who has autism. It’s been a severe struggle because the school she goes to isn’t federally mandated to provide IEP’s or services to her because it’s a private school, but’s it’s also the school that is probably the richest in the country and claims all they want are the children’s success but yet when they diagnose a child with a disability they dont help that child. I would like to see a law passed that even private schools be required to provide the same services as a public school. Why should they be any different. Perhaps that’s what I should do is start a movement to get that started. I believe if there was a law regarding these private schools that kids with autism could get services instead of being left by the wayside and everything blamed on them instead of helping them and encouraging them. We need to start

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 11:50:59 AM It is so important for Autism to be included in the President’s proposal. No child should lack the opportunity to be the very best they can be because of a lack of resources, education of teachers/schools, and or society. Autism is real and our children and their families need real help in the form of quality care at school, resources for the family, and therapy at home. Caring for an autistic child is extremely costly, for those who are unable to afford it, their children have an even greater struggle. The pay for professionals; therapist and teachers that care for our children should be increased. Our children deserve the best of the best in the form of care and care providers. 

Austin Texas 

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 9:31:42 AM Dear Mr.President:

Thank you for coming up with a plan for Autism. For so long our children and adults have been left behind with services they so need. As a mother of an adult son with autism, I see everyday my son’s skills are not enhanced. Adults with Autism are lacking with employment opportunities for their own individual skills. It is such a refreshing change to see a leader who really cares about people through all walks through life. Thank you Mr. President. I already feel hopeful about my son’s future. Yes we can make it better so that all our children will have a chance for a better quality of life. Thank you Mr.President.

 Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 9:29:54 AM Dear Mr.President:

Thank you for coming up with a plan for Autism. For so long our children and adults have been left behind with services they so need. As a mother of an adult son with autism, I see everyday my son’s skills are not enhanced. Adults with Autism are lacking with employment opportunities for their own individual skills. It is such a refreshing change to see a leader who really cares about people through all walks through life. Thank you Mr. President. I already feel hopeful about my son’s future. Yes we can make it better so that all our children will have a chance for a better quality of life. Thank you Mr.President. 

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 9:29:17 AM Dear Mr.President:

Thank you for coming up with a plan for Autism. For so long our children and adults have been left behind with services they so need. As a mother of an adult son with autism, I see everyday my son’s skills are not enhanced. Adults with Autism are lacking with employment opportunities for their own individual skills. It is such a refreshing change to see a leader who really cares about people through all walks through life. Thank you Mr. President. I already feel hopeful about my son’s future. Yes we can make it better so that all our children will have a chance for a better quality of life. Thank you Mr.President. 

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 6:43:58 AM It moves me to tears that we now have a leader of his caliber who cares for families affected by Autism. I have two boys on the spectrum and just in the 7 years since my oldest child was diagnosed I have seen the strides made in improvement of services. Our trials have also lad me to pursue degrees in School Psych and Special Education so that families who are unaware have what they need. God bless you President Obama, God bless our lawmakers who really represent the voice of their constituents, and God bless Autistic families everywhere!! Tax money goes on a lot worse like keeping dangerous criminals fed and comfortable so to invest in the future of our children is all fine by me!!

Anonymous @ 3/9/2009 1:50:35 AM PRESIDENT OBAMA,MY DAUGHTER AYSIA SUFFERS FROM PDD IN THE AUTISTIC SPECTRUM I AM DISABLED AND CANNOT WORK,SHE IS ALSO DISABLED.WE ARE BARELY MAKING OUR MONTHLY BILLS. I NEED HELP WITH TUTORING FOR HER IN THE SUMMER SO SHE DOESNT REGRESS ON WHAT SHES LEARNED I NEED PROGRAMS FAVALIABEL FOR HER TO LEARN THE PROPER SOCIALIZING SKILLS WITH HER PEERS SHE CANT RIDE A BIKE OR TIE HER SHOES OR BARELY READ SHE RECIEVES SERVICES DURIGN THE SCHOOL YEAR BUT I HAVE NOTHING FOR THE SUMMER.I CANT AFFORD IT.PLEASE HELP.SHE VOTED FOR YOU IN HER CLASS ELECTION

Anonymous @ 3/8/2009 10:02:00 AM we are grandparents with a 9 year old grandson with PDD Autism.
He is doing well but needs some funding for more socialization therapy, which he has none of at this moment. Please push this through as an important part of their treatment. Thanks much. Janet and Bob

Anonymous @ 3/8/2009 9:35:23 AM I am a Special Education teacher who has an inclusion kindergarten class at a private school in NY. Over the past 10 years the number of students with ASD in my program has more than doubled. The main reason that parents bypass the public school system and come to me is because they want their children to be educated in a small class with typically developing peers…something that is not possible in public schools at this time. While I applaud any and all increases in the research and treatment of Autism on a national level, I question the reasoning of states who, inspite of all the evidence that supports early intervention and intensive therapies, continue to cut Special Education budgets. It breaks my heart when children finish my program and I have to send them off to the public schools knowing that they will not receive the support and education that they need and deserve.

Anonymous @ 3/8/2009 9:21:00 AM I hope this is not too late. There are so may children with autism in our country , our government should be stepping in NOW. How may more of our children will have to fight this condition? Although I applaud this decision, autism needs solutions now and that means therapy, therapy, therapy, paid for by our own government not by financially strapped parents who have enough to deal with , I hope Mr. President that you accept this challenge and act quickly. The future of our nation is our children. I hate to be pesamistic but don’t even this 211 million is going to be enough. 

Anonymous @ 3/8/2009 8:22:11 AM Dana @ 3/8/09 11:20am

I am so grateful that someone is actually acknowledging the need for further Autism research. I am the proud mommy of a 2 yr old Autistic girl. She has done so well with a mixture of early intervention services and biomedical intervention, yet she is in no way recovered. I hope that with further research, we can find our what Autism really is and why it happens to so many families. I am so happy that I made the wise choice in voting for this wonderful president.

Anonymous @ 3/8/2009 8:17:29 AM It’s really a shame what the school district and this system has done to our children. I am the mother of 4 and 3 are Autistic. There is nothing like seeing Autism recognized and getting some amount of funding. However, I wonder how much of a difference this would really make. I am about to sue my school district for a list of violations in all 3 of my autistic childrens’ IEP. I really wish there was funds available to assit families like me. I enjoyed reading all your emails and I hold all of you close in my heart. Our children are unique and wonderful people, but they are suffering one way or another and we are the only ones’ who truly get it!!!:( Lets start a blog where people can go on line and find out about districts and vilations and cst personels who violate parental right. Lets make them accountsble. Let us be one voice…..who’s in????

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 9:19:44 PM THANK YOU PRESIDENT FOR YOUR PEROPOSAL I’M A HISPANIC MOTHER WITH 2 CHILDREN WHO HAVE AUTISM, I CAME FROM PUERTO RICO RECENTLY TO GET BETTER TREATMENT FOR THEM, AND I ALSO KNOW THAT IN THE UNITED STATES IS WERE THE PERSONS WHO HAS CERTAIN CONDITIONS LIKE AUTISM RECEIVE BETTER TREATMENTS, AND I ALSO KNOWS THAT THEY JUST RECEIVE 5% OR LESS OF GOVERMENT HELP. I LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA NOW AND I WANT TO INVITE YOU AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS PAGE TO COME TO ALLENTOWN,PA FOR THE MARCH AUTISM WALKS THAT IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN LEHIGH PARKWAY ON APRIL 18,2009. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON AUTISM, WE REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR THE PEOPLE WITH AUTISM. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 2:01:36 PM Thank you President Obama! We all realize that this is tax money, 
( rather than your personal money), but other Presidents directed tax money elsewhere. THANK YOU, for thinking of our kids, and realizing how important it is to stop this pervasive disorder.
And yes, it is WONDERFUL to have a brilliant, thoughtful, and well spoken President. I love being proud od my President again.

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 1:04:08 PM Yes, most people who have posted here DO appreciate the attention and help that is on the way– and others appreciate it in their own way. In addition Thank you for your 35 years of professional help you have dedicated to “all ages of the spectrum” BUT- unless you have a child or are raising one with ASD you really don’t have that experience to comment on what or how we should feel. The fact of the matter is at the end of the day our children come home with us, and we are the ones who have responsibility in every way of raising them – it is 24/7 for the rest of their lives. You may have the option of changing careers- we do not- This is our life and we need a lot of help. Thank you.

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 10:54:33 AM e.m. mygrandson is austitic. it took 2 years to get the dr. to see it and another 18mo and much paper work to get help, which has set him back fromwhere he should be. thank you for acknowledgeing and finally show there is someone who cares.

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 9:51:17 AM ENOUGH RESEARCH ALREADY! Treatment, treatment, treatment. Please pay for our kids to get the help they need when they need it. Help is needed NOW for the families and children of a rapidly growing school-age autism population that is severely underserved. According to ASA the cost of treatment in 2012 will be 400 Billion compared to 90 Billion in 2004. How will this be paid for? 
Total spent by federal, state and local on 5 million special needs students: 
Total expenditure 2006 $46 billion
Supplemental materials $15 million 

Growth comparison during the 1990s:
• General disabilities increase: 16%
• Autism increase: 172%

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 8:54:12 AM This bill offers no intervention to older children post grade school. who have suffered without help and burdened parents with out of pcoket expenses. We need a bill to help reimburse parents and to minimize problems from health insurance carriers who deem outr children with pre existing issue and they are hard to insure.

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 8:25:49 AM Mr. President:
Thank you for your continued support regarding Autism issues. Recent
cuts to help balance our state budget are greatly effecting children and
adults with disabilities–so sad that now we have screenings,early
intervention,habilitation therapists and public awareness–but funding
has been greatly reduced, or in some instances,cut altogether.
My son has Autism–with early intervention, he now plays drums,works
(and gets paid)at a library,displays his art,and is going to his prom–things I never thought would be possible when I was told 15 years ago
his IQ was too low to measure. What do I say to give hope to young mothers dealing with Autism now? Renata


Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 8:17:43 AM How about a some thanks, encouragement, and trust in the president for looking directly at autism and the need for help? As a professional who has worked close to 35 years with all ages on the spectrum, I appreciate attention and concern for this dilemma. Thank you, President Obama!!!!!!! 

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 7:49:30 AM We have been living with this for almost 9 years.My son caleb has suffered much.And all the while i see billions go to research.When will they put the money into treatments.Biomeds,diet,aba.theropy equipment,heck we have been on the developmental waiver waiting list 6 YEARS.6.Its hard enuff going thru this but to watch your kid suffer because you cant afford treatment is pure pain.Lets use the research we already have or even better start listening to parent they truly do know best.And if the school system did the same parents like me wouldnt be forced to home school or watch there kids be assaulted.Wake up this is to lil to late we need HELP NOW.What will this government do when we are gone.Where will our kids be then.That thought alone gives me nightmares….

Anonymous @ 3/7/2009 7:06:36 AM I AM NOT RELAXING one bit here! President Bush allocated for AUTISM funds as well. And what? Public schools are still CUTTING very much needed programs. Our ASD kids are not getting the one on one they truly need- even by the definition of the STATE LAW! My son is mild to moderate on the spectrum- and NOT progressing in reading…school does nothing! What he needs- they don’t have…furthermore, they are not even sure what to do. FUNDS are needed for our ASD kids to have the intensive therapy they need- multiple times per week. This money- I regret to think and speak- we won’t see immediately- which for many of us- the window of opportunity is closing fast. Even though- ASD children always have room to grow- they most important time is k-3rd grade. What about all of us? Government should stop bailing out the banks, the car business…etc- and start investing their money INTELLIGENTLY- OUR CHILDREN! OUR FUTURE!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:23:56 PM Thank you President Obama for recognizing that Autism, the secret disease that families are struggling to cope with deserves some funding. The automobile,insurance and banking industries have all gotten a slap on the wrist for all the waste and greed that has occurred in the industry. My husband and I are both professionals with a twenty one year old non verbal son. All our resources go into providing a safe and secure environment for him to live in. We do not benefit from any assistance because we are in the professional income bracket. For us, we hope that some of the funding will go into providing respite care ,inhome support, training and community activities where Autistic persons will be better served. We also hope that more funding will be allocated to ABA training in the public schools. Autistic families are slowly moving into the circle of the disenfranchised. We need your support.
O.C, New York.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:41:10 PM Are son has autism and he also has cognitive delay, yes i think it is awsome that we are getting the help that has been waitting for. he is that best child there is that you could ever want to be around and not for one minute do we think he is a burden or think this is a horible disorder, that is what he was brought to this world with. yes it is hard to find the right help for these kids, but never give up on them. i have been fighting for his right in the schools,and i will keep on until he gets the education that is right for him.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:22:02 PM Great news and thank you President Obama. It is not about the money only, it is the recognition that autisim is an issue for the intire USA to deal with and not just us parents. Next step is to force insurance companies to pay for treatment of autism, including ABA.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:39:26 PM Lighten up people. This is help for us. I would rather have his plan provide something than to see it go to prop up another greedy bank or insurance company. I don’t care who provides it or starts the funding. I commend both presidents for doing something. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:35:00 PM We need a lot of things from this administration, and empty promises is not one of them. The fact is we need legislation and funding that will help all children with disabilities, because after a while insurance companies do not help those children either, and if you make just over the limit, you do not get any financial support form charity organizations either; then you end up in bankruptcy, and you end up paying for an atorney to get appropriate education services for your child in their school district, which they should be receiving according to fdearl law, which we know does not happen either. How does President Obama help to pay for that? All children with disabilites need financial support.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:10:32 PM Giving monies to charities should not be based on how big a tax deduction one gets in return. I can only hope that the real reason someone gives to a charity is because they are fortunate enough to be able to.
Thank you President Obama. I am so happy to have an intellectual President leading our country.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:05:06 PM As a country, we are bailing out large insurance companies. Why can’t we make those same companies accountable for recognizing Autism and providing adequate coverage for our children? Now, that’s a question for us and those who we elect!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 4:20:35 PM I have a 16 yrs old grandson that is very low functional he is ablr to go to school but needs a place that he can receive 24 hour respite care. His family needs some support since he can not be left alone. Also the issue of insurance payments for medications. What will happen to these children when they become adults and can not live at home?

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 4:02:20 PM Hooray! for the research but like so many parents the financial strain of having a child with Autism is devastating; so devastating we lost our home and now live in another Country. we were given medicaid but no therapies wanted it or if they did we were put to the back of the waiting list we couldn’t pay the co pays when our son needed four different therapies 3-5 times a wk. We bought our house for equity two years later it was worth 30% less than what we paid for it couple months later 44% now I don’t know not ours. Autism is making Doctors,therapist,pharmaceutical companies and scam artists lots of money the ones who suffer are the parents who only want to know when they go to bed at night they did everything they could to help their child. Please recognize this epidemic and realize that if our children don’t get the intervention they need now they will cost our Government way more than they will ever be able to bear. I love my country it was a shame I had to leave or be home
Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 3:20:14 PM Thank you so much- Finally someone is listening- and acting on it. Please continue to support all our kids with ASD. Now how can we make the school districts be accountable for their actions? There is a new trend of suing parents who do not agree with their children’s placement, no matter how inappropriate it is. It is so shameful what the school districts are getting away with, just shameful! It is either their way or no way. It is difficult enough raising a child with ASD along with the financial responsibility, which it entails. Now parents are faced with the astronomical financial cost of defending their children in court! Is there anyone who can help stop this? It will only get worse – action must be taken now!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 3:10:36 PM Im so very thankful that Autism is finally reconized! But, I am gravely disappointed that my sons Aspergers is not! He was reavaluated at age 21, suppose to be 18 for social security and then cut right off. They claim his disability doesnt fall under adult guidelines. So here he sits, no inome and no insurance. My son may be smart like Einstien, but also like Einstien is not communicatively equipt to function in society and hold a full time job. So I now wonder what this bill will do for all the adults with Aspergers Syndrom whom have already struggled all their life and obviously will until they die, without help. 
Please help them too! I hope and pray for all those with Autism spectrum and that they finally get some help. If congress only understood, maybe some of this money would of directly helped these poor families as they now wont ever see a dime. Why are we struggling to meet our childrens needs and not able to get help? I have three children with multiple disabilities and no 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 12:01:12 PM Dear President Obama: Thank you realizing that more needs to done in the area of Autism. I am a grandmother with a 5 year old grandson with autism. Although the funding for research is greatly appreciated and applauded, I feel more needs to be done to help families with some of the treatments that are presently available, but prove to be a financial burden to most. Such treatments include bio-medicals, diets, early intervention, and medications. These treatments have been proven to help some children with Autism and some children have recovered. Why shouldn’t this option be available to all who suffer from Autism? Most families cannot afford this option and therefore, I feel insurance companies should recognize Autism as a medical condition and assit with the cost of these options. I would also like to see funding for these treatment options be made available to children suffering with Autism.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 11:55:00 AM It is a step in the right direction. Any funding is good funding.
And no, you cannot cure or recover from autism. Let’s not get into that. I want to make my child the best he can be. That is enough for me. Thanks Pres. Obama.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 11:42:39 AM I have a 17 year old son with autism and we have been doing in home aba program for almost 15 years, all paid for by us. ABA is the most successful therapy out there for our kids, but is way too expensive for your average family to afford. This is the problem. There is already tons of money going towards research and identification. Just like everything else, I wouldn’t look to the government to help with a huge problem like this. Leave it to the private sector and more will get done faster. One thing that the Obama administration is doing that is detrimental to our cause is raising the taxes on charitable giving. Now the people with the money to donate won’t want to give as much to the many Autism charities out there. They just want to take away the private sector and leave us in their power. Wake-up people.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 11:14:12 AM Thank you so much President Obama. I am so happy that we finally have a president that actually cares about our children with autism, and who also cares about all of us who are struggling to make ends meet. God bless President Obama and keep up the good work!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 10:51:00 AM YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is great!! 🙂 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 10:18:18 AM Thank you President Obama for taking the time to recognize such an important cause. I have a daughter who was diagnosed back in 1994,which was still the dark ages for the condition. Science has made great strides but has only scratched the surface since then. Thank you for making this a a priority regardless of competing pressing needs in our nation.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 10:00:14 AM I agree that this is a good thing, however, does not help with the immediate need that most families are looking for: The lack of assistence needed from our insurence companies to assist with paying for a “medically necessary” diagnosis. It pains me to see that California is not on board with passing a bill to mandate that insurence companies pay for ASD therapies. The common scenario: School districts, Regional Centers etc. DO NOT know how to assist and support our children appropriately. Families being told that time is of the essence seek out the best theraputic services and pay, in full, out of pocket. If I had put full faith in my school district to educate my ASD child, he would not be where he is now. My husband and I have not regreted paying for my son’s therapies and would do it again. We did this for 1.5 years until we could no longer afford it. Now I continue to educate myself as much as I can in order to assist my child by attending training where ever I can. Not an easy t

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:55:23 AM Thank you for the support President Obama. Now all we need is insurances companies to support us with coverage. We all need to appeal to our state governments. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:16:56 AM Bless you President Obama: I have a son who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old. We live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. We have to travel about 210 miles to the city of Portland to see the Autism Specialist where he was diganosed and where they can do studies and by watching him can tell me how far he is coming along or not coming along. We have a great Education program that he has been in since he was 4 and now he is in a life skills program at one of the schools in town (Pendleton). I really wish that there were some type of help here in our rural town like they can provide in the big cities. Melinda Alexander, son is Stanly Alexander-Spino.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:13:31 AM Dear President Obama: I am the mom of autistic husband 74, children who range from age 36 to 46 also a grandchild of 5 years old that I care for. This is “my family”. One of our sons “Michael Buckholtz” has worked tirelessly for two years with dad and me as his benefactor. This responsibility is huge, but over the years we have managed. We are not asking for assistance, I feel sure that others are worse off than we are in dealing with autism. Knowing about autism has enriched my life. It is not so bad being the human “medication” for the people that I would die for. Who gets that opportunity. Thank you for caring Mike’s mom

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:10:33 AM As a Mother of an 18 Year old with Autism, Research is great but we also need Money Now for families to take care of basic needs it would be one less thing to have to worry about.

 Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:07:11 AM Dear Mr. President,
Thank you so much for recognizing the needs of children and their familiies who suffer through the Autism Spectrum Disorders. My 10-year old grandson is one of every 94 boys afflicted with this horrible condition, with multiple problems. One concern is that most of our health insurance companies do NOT cover many of the conditions because they are considered “Mental Illness”! The other concern is where are these children being educated? My grandson is driven several miles to and from a public school that has one classroom of 8 students with autism and although the teachers are wonderful, he is not getting the education he needs. How can I help? Marci of Portland Oregon. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 9:03:15 AM Dear President Obama,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the Autism Speaks Foundaton and approving the funding for research and to help families who have children with Autism. I have a 16 yr old son who has Autism and Down Syndrome and whatever help Jimmy can get is a blessing. I am very happy that I voted for you and that you are our new President. I am grateful to you for being a man who has a “heart” and who truly cares about the American people. 

Take care and God Bless,

Laurie Rucando

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:57:04 AM It is wonderful to hear that more money is being budgeted for Autism. I am a single mother who struggled for several years looking for proper schooling for my son. I desperately moved from suburb to suburb in search of experienced teachers, aides, caregivers to help me with my son; all for naught! Unfortunately, I was left with no other choice but to place him residentially hundreds of miles away. (The absolute worst decision I ever had to make!!) Please see that funds are distributed to these facilities who are in need of furniture, toys, etc. and above all, better compensation for these wonderful, but inexperienced, staff who are caring for these children effected by this horrible disorder. Thank you President Obama!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:54:36 AM Dear President Obama: Thankyou may God Bless you

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:51:14 AM Hopefully this is a step in the right direction. It must be stressed that we need monies to find a cure for this terrible disorder. Please Mr. President, while we appreciate this step, please let their be approval and help for finding a cure.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:32:47 AM I’m glad we finally have a President who recognizes the lack of spending in the past on individuals with special needs. I only hope that some of this money used towards medicaid will be used to help eliminate the awful wait list these kids have to be put on in order to receive any state services. Would benefit these kids if this would be handled solely by the Federal govt, not the State. Once on medicaid, they should not be removed if parents need to move, or better service is offered in a different state. This just happened to us and my daughter, who also has severe MR, is on a 8-10 year wait list. Absolutely insane if you ever hope that these kids can have a future.

 Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:32:13 AM Thank you! I have a 13 year old son with autism. He has grown tremendously and we are so proud of him. However, he continues to need quality education, pre-vocational training and vocational training, along with collegity opportunities. We want him to become an independent tax paying citizen. Go OBAMA! As he says, OBAMA ROCKS!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:22:45 AM Thank you Thank you Thank you from all kids with Autism

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:20:56 AM Right now we need services for our children through education. We need money to go to Bio-medical services that we know are working for many kids… Hyper Baric Oxygen therapy for example, has done wonders for my son yet it is not covered. I think Money for Research is not always spent wisely and it won’t help the kids today. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:18:13 AM Dear President Obama: After reading your books and seeing your actions I have found that you share the same dream as most Americans (although there seems like alot of us are more apt to complain or lay blame instead of working on what we know is right). This is a great step forward that addresses the most basic need we have-What causes Autism???? The next step, and the most important to us with a family memer with Autism, is to promote acceptanc of diversity and for all Americans we must work TOGETHER to advance our society. It starts with our neighbors and spreads from there. The worst pain we all feel in the Autism Community is ISOLATION!!!!!!
Thank-you-and we send our Love and support to you and your family!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:18:06 AM The simple fact that President Obama is addressing the issue is incredible. $211 million is an incredible gift for those families that seek early intervention, medical, respite services, counseling, medications and support!

I myself have a son 14 with Autism. The trials and constant fight has been an experience that has changed me forever in order to keep my son safe, healthy and happy and learning to function daily in a neuro-typical society.

Thank you President Obama for your absolute understanding and support.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 8:13:19 AM I am a single grandmother raising my three year old grandson with ASD.
I’m am so thankfull that there is some help on the way,it’s so very long over due.The need is so great,this is a step in the right direction but much more is needed.Every day,hour,minute that passes for a child that does not get the help they need is life altering.
Brenda G.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:59:25 AM Thank you Mr. President. Being a parent of a child with Autism, it is great news. I have been affected because they have taken his transportation away from him because I won’t put him in the school closer to our home. He has been in the same school since kindergarden and now he is in 3rd grade. I feel it would be a great disservice to him if I move him. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Lana Nixon
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:40:15 AM Mr. President, Thank you for earmarking the funds for Autism. Our daughter and family have been deeply effected by the lack of resources to assist families. What you need to know are there are many many families who have a child with a disability that will not benefit from this because they do not have the Autism diagnosis. Our daughter has multiple disabilities and has recently been diagnoised on the spectrum. It is sad tha I feel luckey about this because now we may be able to access some services. The difficulties expressed by parents of chilrden with Autism are the same difficulties that families of ANY special needs child experience. This is especially true here in Illinois where we rank 51st for these services. Please consider placing all children with special needs under this umbrella, these are the most vulnerable citizens who also have the right to the pursuit of happiness and the system as it stands deprives them of the most basic civil liberties. Thank you and God Bless 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:25:00 AM I applaud the president for his recoginition that something needs to be done. I agree with some of the others. The hard part is the single low income rural parents who do not have the financial or educational resources. My grandson is now going to be 8 years old. I have been reviewing options since he was 2. The school is just now this year taking action on improving his education to fit his need. This is a fight every parent has with every school district. The only options are to send your child away to school but many of them that are doing really well and have been successful and breaking through the barriers are private. My daughter is a single parent and can only work 3 hours a day. What about all of these people? I would like to see more specialized centers in rural america. Grandmother in North Dakota.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 7:12:26 AM Dear President Obama, Thank you for including money in the budget for Autism. I am the Grandmother of a precious 5year old boy with Autism. His parents struggle to get the medical attention he needs and the education he needs. It is a true hardship for our families because it is almost impossible for a Mother to get daycare in order to work to help with all of the expenses. ANYTHING you can do to make sure the money is well spent and not wasted will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you, Deloris A

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:30:27 AM Dear President Obama: Thank you for looking out for our children affected by autism and those who will receive a diagnosis in the future. I must ask what this means for the autism families already having a diagnosis? Will there be additional grant monies available to our families for in home therapy items? Will there be more grant money available on a county level for Family Resource Monies per family? Will there be funding for families that need services outside of the Ohio Autism Scholarship monies to help cover SP/PT/OT when they chose to use this money for specials schools? 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:30:27 AM Have you lost your minds. This budget includes $211,000,000 (that is $211million) for Autism. The total budget is $3,500,000,000,000 (that is $3.5trillion). This budget includes a ton of waste. Call your representatives and urge them to continue spending on Autism but cut other wasteful spending. Don’t sell your kids future just because the spending includes support for Autism.
Diane Fries

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:18:12 AM I think parent input should be the key in doing the research. Since they spend the most amount of time with kids and can lead many useful information for the research. Ruchi Mital

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:17:09 AM I was concerned when President Obama took office that Autism funding would once again be overlooked. I am thrilled to see that finally, one of the nations fastest growing developmental diasabilies is a priority.
We have wonderful children who are the future of this country. Let’s do what we need to get them the services they need to be productive and successful now and in the future.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:10:45 AM I am glad that more consideration is being given to children with autism. Hopefully, this would translate into training for more caregivers and special education teachers and also more schools, classrooms and tools needed for the well being and education of these children. Whether the fund is well distributed is another question to keep in mind and if there will be assistance for these children when they become adults. Thank you President Obama and God bless you and your family. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:07:04 AM For most of these comments above mine, I see people with just complaints and wanting everything done now. Raising a typical child is hard, raising children with autism is 100 times harder. We struggle with payments of therapies and constantly being advocates for our twins; and guess what, I am proud of my beutiful children. I will keep on fighting for them with or without the governments help. This is what is right, the clock is ticking for them and I am going to do anything in my power to help them and win. I recommend to all these people, stop crying and start doing. You will find that our children our a blessing and you will treasure the simpliest momments when they achieve! God Bless President Obama, he gets it!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:04:31 AM Dear Mr. President,

I want to thank you for the funding you have put aside for autism. As a single mother of an autistic child it’s very hard to pay for these services, evaluations and all that comes with autism. I was able through one of the grants to have my son evaluated at the age of 5 so that he can attend Kindergarten program in an autistic school that has all the services that he needs. As an American and Latina I am Proud that as a Great family man you have bought values back to America. May God bless you and your family. 


Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:02:56 AM I don’t have a child with Autism but I do work with a 5th grader who does. This is going to make a lot people happy. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:02:54 AM This is great new for Americans, i wish the Canadian Govert. would do something about it. My son is now 12, and he needs help in every way possible, yet i don’t have the funds to do it. He sits on waiting lists for years and nothing ever gets one. Why doesn’t someone listen to parents we know what we need. MONEY, for each child to help with the ABA costs. Who can afford $ 60,000 a year, ( after taxes).  
A mom with a child with Autism.  


Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:01:17 AM Thank you, President Obama ! I am a single parent to a child w/Autism. I receieve no support from my ex-husband, and am only employed 6 hrs. a week.Sure wish you could be the president, past,present, and the rest of the future !! You rock ! Sincerely, Dayna and Hugh Mattis


Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 6:00:16 AM yes, it is the taxpayers money, but with 1 in 150 affected, it is a national crises and DOES therefore need our funding. Debt is not caused by the non-funding… greater debt is accrued by adults with autism that have never been afforded the opportunity of early intervention. It is a greater burden on the taxpayers to not support early intervention. What about the families that are bankrupting each year due to medical cost – this figure is 50% by the way- how many of those families have an autistic child. I’m glad that most of us are able to see past the rigid Capitolist mindset that has driven companies like Enron and WorldCom. Greed has become the standard and is not lost on our politicians. Printing more money and funding ridiculous gov’t “pet projects” (thank you Pelosi for spending millions on a field mouse)are the greatest causes of debt, not legitimate need. I’m glad this going to happen, it is long over due. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:47:52 AM 1 out of 150 children, more than cancer or Aids.It still does not seem like it is fast enough or as some one mentioned above we need schools,vitamins,ABA traning ect. And we need it now.Every 20 minutes a childs parents are told they have this and then there are those that go unnoticed on a higher spectrum.That money seems like a bone.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:46:04 AM It is about time someone noticed this is a problem. The 1 out of 150 children with autism will one day be 1 in 150 adults. Those numbers will only get worse. The strain this will put on our healthcare when these children are adults is a political reason to get this neurological syndrome under control. Those of us with autistic children have other personal needs for the funding. No matter the reason, it is about time! Hopefully, this will assist parents in the areas we need the most help, whether it is research or personal assitance. It is nice to have a little hope in sometimes hopeless situations. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:38:00 AM Dear President, there are so many autistic children in this wonderful country…this condition affects all stripes…knows no color, race or gender…our autistic children need any and all help that this great country can offer…there has to a plan for them when their parents are gone..so that they can be safe, education and medicine must move forward at a breakneck speed…there is no time to waste..we need help and promise now…thank you, a grandmother of a terrific 9 year autistic American 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:37:35 AM Funding for Autism research is wonderful, but what about funding treatment and the services provided in public schools. How about funding training of parents and professionals who cannot afford to learn and employ “best practices” services like, ABA, PRT, PECS, Floortime and others? 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:27:12 AM It is about time someone see that this is a real illness and is doing something to help our children. Our kids are the future and we need to help them in every way to be healthy. Now maybe we can get something signed to help us with the school opinion on Autism so they will not fight us on everything we need for our kids with autism. 

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:11:44 AM I am the Grandmother of a beautiful 3 1/2 year old autistic boy, and we live in Canada. Thank you President Obama for everything you do to help with this dreadful and life altering affliction.
A Canadian.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 5:08:57 AM This is a horrible dysfunction that has affected far to many children in the U.S. My grandson was diagnosed and it’s been an up hill battle to get him the help he needs. He’s 3 years old and he deserves for us to do everything possible to see that he recovers. YOU CAN RECOVER from Autism, but it takes early intervention, medications, diets, bio-medical treatments, and much more. This is all at the expense of the parents and it’s astronomical in cost. We have organizations that back Cancer, Heart Disease, Burns, MD, but nothing for Autism. The Autism Society is relatively new and funding is just not there. My grandson’s parents were told that you can sign for help, but it’s a 7 year wait. If you wait 7 years…you lose your child to this thing called Autism. These children are not retarded, they are highly intelligent young men and women who can function in this society. With help, “we can find the missing pieces of the puzzle”.

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 4:59:33 AM WONDERFUL!!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 4:24:36 AM That is awesome!!

Anonymous @ 3/6/2009 4:20:05 AM Why do we have to wait until 2010 w need that now. In here in florida there is a lots of other kids are diagnosed with autism. We need to fight to find a cure for them,


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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