Autism Community Faces Challenges in Second Obama Term

President Barack Obama has claimed disabled people are in trouble if Governor Mitt Romney wins the presidency. One could make the case they’re not better off with another four years with President Obama. It’s a concern in the autism community, because along with autism, individuals cope with other disabilities, including speech and language problems and learning disabilities.

The community doesn’t like how President Obama’s administration treats it as a childhood “disease.” The US Department of Health and Human Services says it is “investing in strategies to enable infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism and other developmental disabilities.” But what about when they reach adulthood? Autism doesn’t magically go away.

It goes without saying the economy stinks, and it’s hard for kids coming out of college to find a job. It’s even harder with autism. A study between 2007-2008 found that “one in three young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college, or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation.” There’s no doubt it’s worse now with today's stagnant economy.

A friend of mine is autistic and is a screenwriter/comic book writer. He is currently working on an independent comic book. He couldn’t understand the legal and tax issues necessary for its publication, but luckily his parents are there to help him out. The best way for an autistic adult to get and keep a job would be to start a small business. This way they are in control of everything. But President Obama isn’t concerned about small businesses. I told him I couldn’t find much on Governor Romney’s position on autism and he actually told me this could be a good thing.

“He’s more focused on getting the whole country back on track which would generally help autistic adults (that’s most of us, especially the low functioning ones) who rely on their parents for financial support,” he stated.

People in the autistic community also want President Obama to condemn Austism Speaks as a hate group. My friend believes it is actually a hate group, which promotes and supports autism eugenics. Landon Bryce ofThe Autcast, a community for those with autism and Asperger’s, asserts that genetic research focused specifically on autism is mostly about eugenics: “the development of prenatal test that will enable parents to abort fetuses that are likely to develop into autistic people.”

Mr. Bryce points out that while politicians fund the Combatting Autism Act, they simultaneously try to cut Medicaid, “which provides services to real autistic people.” If Autism Speaks and the government truly cared about those with autism, they would care more about programs that support autistic people. Instead, they want to fund tests that will allow people to abort children who are prone to autism. The medical community did the same thing with Down's. Now many women use the amniocentesis test to screen for Down's to see if they should abort their baby. 

Everyone has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If a person with autism can succeed by owning their own small business, they need a president that will allow a small business to thrive. That is less likely with President Obama. He has also made it abundantly clear he doesn't care about babies inside the womb, which means he more than likely wouldn't stop women from using autism as an excuse to murder their unborn child.


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