Contact the Candidates– Let’s get them talking about Autism!

18 01 2008

Let’s get the candidates talking about Autism. If you are reading this you most likely are a family or friend of a family with Autism. With the statistics skyrocketing we have to deal with it now.  Please consider Autism in your candidate choosing process and ask your candidate– or all of them– to start talking about it. 

To make it really easy for you– below are the links for contact pages for the top 10 candidates. Please ask them to start talking about Autism.

Democrats:

John Edwards: http://www.johnedwards.com/about/contact/form/

Barack Obama: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/contact2

Hillary Clinton: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/

Dennis Kucinich: http://www.dennis4president.com/ (I couldn’t find anything beyond newsletter sign up)

Republicans:

John McCain: http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

Ron Paul: http://www.ronpaul2008.com/contact/form

Mitt Romney: http://www.mittromney.com/CommentForm

Mike Huckabee: information@explorehuckabee.com  (I couldn’t find a fill out form for him– so, here’s the email address.)





Hillary is Human!

8 01 2008

Yeah! She choked up a little!

I don’t see why this is a such a big deal– she is human, exhausted and feels strongly about what she’s doing. Whether I agree with her or not… Bless the crack in her armor!





Democratic Candidates on Autism

4 01 2008

I did my research.

The following is what the top three Democratic candidates have to say about Autism and their plans for improving the lives of those touched by PDD.

John Edwards:

“Autism affects families from every walk of life. Sometimes I talk about the Two Americas – but when it comes to fighting for families affected by autism and autism spectrum disorders, we must come together as One America to deliver on our national promise – helping every child realize their full potential.” — John Edwards

Autism and autism spectrum disorders affect an astonishing 1 in 150 children. More children than ever before – a 700 percent increase over the last decade – are being classified as having an autism spectrum disorder. We need to learn more about why the number of children diagnosed with autism and autism spectrum disorders has been growing. We know that early intervention is often crucial to helping children with these diagnoses reach their full potential, but the education and health care resources needed to help them and their families are strained to capacity. For families, caring for a child with autism can be expensive and emotionally draining. While Congress took an important step last year by dedicating more than $900 million to address autism over the next five years, more can and must be done. [IDEAData, 2005; CDC, 2007]

John Edwards believes every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Helping everyone reach personal independence and assume social responsibilities is a responsibility we all share. His Promise and Potential plan will:

  • Guarantee quality affordable health care for families living with autism – ending insurance discrimination.
  • Help unravel of mysteries of autism by issuing an all-hands-on-deck research challenge.
  • Fund schools so they can provide essential services.
  • Strengthen supports for families dealing with the diagnosis.
  • Ensure a continuum of care with lifelong supportive services.

Obama:

Support Americans with Autism.More than one million Americans have autism, a complex neurobiological condition that has a range of impacts on thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. As diagnostic criteria broaden and awareness increases, more cases of autism have been recognized across the country. Barack Obama believes that we can do more to help autistic Americans and their families understand and live with autism. He has been a strong supporter of more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism research on the root causes and treatments, and he believes that we should increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to truly ensure that no child is left behind.More than anything, autism remains a profound mystery with a broad spectrum of effects on autistic individuals, their families, loved ones, the community, and education and health care systems. Obama believes that the government and our communities should work together to provide a helping hand to autistic individuals and their families.

Clinton:

From NBC/NJ’s Athena Jones
CLINTON WEEKEND CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

Clinton said not enough was known about what she called one of the most urgent and least understood challenges facing the nation and not enough services were available to deal with it.“I think it’s time we had a government and a president who recognized the seriousness of autism and addressed it head on,” Clinton told the crowd at a local Boy’s Club. She said she was at the club because of the work the organization does to provide services for children with autism.

Clinton’s plan would double investments in the National Institutes of Health’s efforts to identify the causes of the disorder, including possible environmental causes. Fully funding the “Combating Autism Act,” a Clinton co-sponsored bill that became law in 2006, would cost $200 million a year and would be covered by the senator’s initiative to increase the NIH budget by doubling it over 10 years. The other $500 million would come from savings from improving government efficiency, said spokesman Jay Carson.

I have to wonder how much of this is lip service… the top three say it’s really important when asked directly about Autism but I haven’t heard it come up unless prompted by a question.  Both Obama and Clinton have their opinions buried in heath plans. I know it isn’t an issue to people who don’t have to deal with Autistic idiocyncracies regularly. But, how many people care about the abortion issue who aren’t dealing with that choice? Why isn’t Autism a bigger deal to the whole country.  You can’t talk about health without talking about Autism– it’s not just about major medical or payment plans it’s about day to day issues.

I don’t know if Autism is caused by injections or not but if I had it to do over J wouldn’t have gotten the shots. I fall short of calling Autism a disorder– it’s a challenge and I’m sorry that my son has to face difficulties that “normal” kids don’t have to deal with. He is who he is and I love him just how he is– stims and all.