Interview on the “Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism”

25 Jan

Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
Above is a link to a cool blog where I had a chance to do an interview on the controversy relating to the New York Times article last week about the proposed changes to the Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnostic criteria. I weighed in, but toward the end of the interview I proposed a way to make change here in the Autism Community. It is about time to use our voices to assure continued funding for the people in our community who are the consumers of treatment. We need to be vocal with our legislators, and with the charities to whom we send our money. If you give your money to a not-for-profit, and they use some of it to lobby for legislation, it is time to tell them to stop supporting one intervention or another, and instead, lobby for appropriate funding, and continued funding, for the people who need it. In other words, call on the charities you support to lobby only as advocates for continued financial support for appropriate treatment, and stop lobbying on behalf of one intervention or another. Remove your financial support if they do not.

So please, click on the link above to read the interview, which also links to the New York Times article, has links so you can find your state and federal legislators, a link to the Affordable Health Care Act, and a link to the proposed changes in the DSM 5 diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a really cool blog, my interview aside, loaded with useful links.

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