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Broke California will begin the new decade with crushing debt and wholesale elimination of human services. Meanwhile, President Obama has rankled Congressional Democrats with plans to earmark millions of dollars in NIH funds to find the causes and cures of autism.

Are these two things related? You bet they are.

Barack Obama is not a stupid man. He sees the budgetary train wreck hurtling down the track towards the US Treasury. His Administration knows that the number of adults with autism in this country is about to explode. Parents can’t foot the bill, so taxpayers will have to. The price tag will be stratospherical.

Isn’t it better to earmark millions in autism research funds right now for NIH to identify the causes of autism – despite outcries from Rep. Obey, Sen. Harkin and others – in order to save hundreds of billions further down the road?

It’s called frontloading the budget, and if we don’t do it, the coming army of young adults with autism will march in and break the bank.

Anyone who thinks that a lot of people with autism somehow “grow out of their disorder” by adulthood should take a look at an important article published today in the Sacramento Bee. (HERE)

Here, you will meet California residents such as Marlon Barton, a 6’2”, 283-pound “strapping young man who flaps his hands and makes odd noises,” according to reporter Cynthia Hubert. “No one knows quite what to do with him,” she says.

Marlon Barton is 26 years old and “acutely” autistic. He scares people. My heart goes out to him, and to his amazing mother.

But they are hardly alone.

“As a tidal wave of these youngsters moves toward adulthood with complex behavioral and medical problems, society is largely unprepared,” Hubert writes. “The futures of hundreds of thousands of autistic people in America cannot be ignored for long.”

Dr. Robert Hendren, director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, concurs. "We don't have the programs. We don't have the research," he warns. "We have this very large adult population of autistics coming along, and we don't know how to deal with them. We just haven't come to terms with it."

California has certainly not come to terms with it – and I have no idea what will happen to the thousands of young people in need who will be showing up at state offices in the next few years, their parents desperately seeking services.

Currently, 81.7% of all autism cases in the state Department of Development Services system are under 18, but that ratio is about to change fast. (HERE)

There are now 6,300 adult Californians receiving autism services through DDS. But over the next four years, more than 4,000 teenagers will join their ranks. By 2018, the total number of adults with autism will more than triple, to 19,000 people -- each requiring tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in care, education and support services, every year.

California cannot afford it.

Which brings us back to President Obama. By 2023, the US will have some 380,000 people who will need “extensive adult services,” at the cost of billions of dollars a year, Hubert writes. “Care providers are just beginning to grapple with how to deal with the surge, even as governments slash social services to cope with budget deficits.”

Anyone still trying to lull Americans into complacently believing that autism is a genetic disorder that has always been with us in such staggering numbers (we just never noticed before) needs to stop doing that. Now.

It’s time to stop pretending this isn’t happening.

Autism’s toll on children, families, friends and caregivers has been devastating. President Obama knows that the disorder will now exact its toll on taxpayers. I am encouraged that Federal health officials are finally moving to identify all possible environmental autism triggers – including vaccines – so we can finally learn how to slow this spigot down. (HERE)

Why not spend money now to find the causes and cures for autism? If we don’t, that tidal wave will just keep on washing over us.

David Kirby is author of Evidence of Harm, a founding contributor to Huffington Post and a contributor to Age of Autism. His next book, “ANIMAL FACTORY” – about the impact of industrial livestock production on our health and the environment – will be released within the year.
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And that doesn't even take into account all the adults with Aspergers ... which is a relative of Autism.

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And that doesn't even take into account all the adults with Aspergers ... which is a relative of Autism.

Thanks for the thread, mopoar. hf
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Maybe big pharma can come up with yet another vaccination...for autism. Something without mercury in it, hopefully. You know it's coming.
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Maybe big pharma can come up with yet another vaccination...for autism. Something without mercury in it, hopefully. You know it's coming.
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uni Noooooooooooooooo, where ever did you get a silly idea like that from 694147?

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Yet they are going to make a Swine Flu shot mandatory which is guaranteed to cause Autism in the children it's given to.
Stupid asses.
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When Thalydimide (?) produced children with flippers, it was forever banned. So, today we have vaccines causing these severely damaged children and nothing is being done. I suppose the drug companies removed the mercury stabilizers. I am not sure, but I know they have never admitted any causal relation.
I have worked with MR clients in group homes, and I can say with certainty that they have no quality of life whatsoever. They have minimal contact with family members. They enjoy almost nothing. They are pumped full of drugs and are constantly sick. They make all the workers very sick, yet the workers have no health care, only the clients. I was outraged by what I witnessed in the MR group homes. These clients were severely retarded and uneducable. They were heavily medicated in every way. I see the autistics as being similar. Families cannot deal with them and are torn apart. Their care is given to minimum wage workers who have nothing, not even health care. The only winners in this situation are the directors who receive tons of state money to operate the homes and daycare facilities that they call school. When that state money is gone, the directors will be gone as well. Then, we will have to do what we should have always done with basket cases: euthanize them. It may sound harsh to some, but those are the very people who have never dealt with the MR or autistic. You have no idea how violent these people can become when their meds aren't working. You are not the ones at risk from being around them.
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When Thalydimide (?) produced children with flippers, it was forever banned. So, today we have vaccines causing these severely damaged children and nothing is being done. I suppose the drug companies removed the mercury stabilizers. I am not sure, but I know they have never admitted any causal relation.
I have worked with MR clients in group homes, and I can say with certainty that they have no quality of life whatsoever. They have minimal contact with family members. They enjoy almost nothing. They are pumped full of drugs and are constantly sick. They make all the workers very sick, yet the workers have no health care, only the clients. I was outraged by what I witnessed in the MR group homes. These clients were severely retarded and uneducable. They were heavily medicated in every way. I see the autistics as being similar. Families cannot deal with them and are torn apart. Their care is given to minimum wage workers who have nothing, not even health care. The only winners in this situation are the directors who receive tons of state money to operate the homes and daycare facilities that they call school. When that state money is gone, the directors will be gone as well. Then, we will have to do what we should have always done with basket cases: euthanize them. It may sound harsh to some, but those are the very people who have never dealt with the MR or autistic. You have no idea how violent these people can become when their meds aren't working. You are not the ones at risk from being around them.
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A dose of reality.

Thanks for posting your experience.

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Wonderful article to bring up, thank you very much for posting!

My younger brother has autism and is an adult under health care from the government. Despite his case being diagnosed since he was 4 years old, my mother spent two and a half years fighting the state of Michigan to have disability health care given to him including an appeal.

It disturbs me to think that if someone who isn't even that high functioning on the spectrum is having a hard time getting help, what about aspergers and high functioning AI young adults?
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Well I'm on the Autistic Spectrum , (not full blown Autism) and the issues I have in my life are bad enough.
I feel so sorry for those unlucky enough to be totally disabled. It must be hell.

There but for the grace of God go I.....
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do any spiritual methods help with autism? or is it purely physiological/neurological.
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When Thalydimide (?) produced children with flippers, it was forever banned. So, today we have vaccines causing these severely damaged children and nothing is being done. I suppose the drug companies removed the mercury stabilizers. I am not sure, but I know they have never admitted any causal relation.
I have worked with MR clients in group homes, and I can say with certainty that they have no quality of life whatsoever. They have minimal contact with family members. They enjoy almost nothing. They are pumped full of drugs and are constantly sick. They make all the workers very sick, yet the workers have no health care, only the clients. I was outraged by what I witnessed in the MR group homes. These clients were severely retarded and uneducable. They were heavily medicated in every way. I see the autistics as being similar. Families cannot deal with them and are torn apart. Their care is given to minimum wage workers who have nothing, not even health care. The only winners in this situation are the directors who receive tons of state money to operate the homes and daycare facilities that they call school. When that state money is gone, the directors will be gone as well. Then, we will have to do what we should have always done with basket cases: euthanize them. It may sound harsh to some, but those are the very people who have never dealt with the MR or autistic. You have no idea how violent these people can become when their meds aren't working. You are not the ones at risk from being around them.
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WTH!?!?

Euthanize them?? Sounds a little bit like Hitler and his program. I am partial guardian of my brother who is autistic and we sure as hell take care of him, no outside help except for his schooling, like any other student. I feel so much pity for people who cannot take care of their children and loved ones with disabilities, but I refuse to believe your statement.

I really ought to pray for you, that is sick! I sure hope you don't work with any autistic or mentally disabled children anymore, because I would report your ass in a heartbeat to whatever authorities I could. I am not saying the system works. And I am not saying that I have answers, but it isn't even remotely right to kill for the sake of convenience since these people are what you consider a waste.
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What I've read from a spiritual standpoint is that for some reason, the soul has not fully incarnated into the body so that the body is kind of running itself while the soul "hovers above" so to speak. That is why facilitation can sometimes work for autism. It is almost like by touching the autistic person's arm or hand, the facilitator can coax the soul to come in, almost through channeling, and speak or write so the person with autism can communicate.

I believe that no matter how much money the NIH throws at this cause, they're not going to find anything much from a psychological or scientific standpoint. The money would probably be better spent paying for care of the autistic people.

And I say that having an autistic nephew in his mid-20's who types 120 words a minute, either words or numbers, and can tell you the day of the week virtually any date of any year falls on, but who goes off violently any time anyone tells him no unless they do it very gently and who cannot speak so that most people can understand him.

Responding to an earlier posting, euthanasia certainly is an easy way to deal with anyone who is sick, old, retarded, autistic or otherwise incapacitated. However, is that the highest most enlightened course of action? I don't know.
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do any spiritual methods help with autism? or is it purely physiological/neurological.
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many autistics are physic.
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The severely mentally ill and disabled I have seen are wholly abandoned by their families--unless there is money to be made off of them. I did know one woman who lived off of her severely retarded son. She was completely insane, and she used every kind drug imaginable. Anyone who dared to mess with her cash cow was dead meat--exactly as you say--reported to every authority on the earth. I pray for the poor workers who are exposed to this hellish system. Completely normal human beings are subjected to nightmarish conditions and given very little money and no health care.
I was in this system very briefly. I was constantly sick. I took clients to the doctor every day, but I did not have the money to see a doctor or treat the illnesses the clients gave--superbugs--because they are resistant to most normal viruses.
I pray that you have some concern for impoverished workers. I pray that you lobby for all humans to have health care, not just the severely retarded and autistic.
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Autism is caused by mycoplasma infection. Mycoplasma along with cancer is in the vaccines. The NIH knows this.

Obama is just bilking more money from the American tax payer.

The money will be spent to develop more bio weapons to use against the American public.
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When Thalydimide (?) produced children with flippers, it was forever banned. So, today we have vaccines causing these severely damaged children and nothing is being done. I suppose the drug companies removed the mercury stabilizers. I am not sure, but I know they have never admitted any causal relation.
I have worked with MR clients in group homes, and I can say with certainty that they have no quality of life whatsoever. They have minimal contact with family members. They enjoy almost nothing. They are pumped full of drugs and are constantly sick. They make all the workers very sick, yet the workers have no health care, only the clients. I was outraged by what I witnessed in the MR group homes. These clients were severely retarded and uneducable. They were heavily medicated in every way. I see the autistics as being similar. Families cannot deal with them and are torn apart. Their care is given to minimum wage workers who have nothing, not even health care. The only winners in this situation are the directors who receive tons of state money to operate the homes and daycare facilities that they call school. When that state money is gone, the directors will be gone as well. Then, we will have to do what we should have always done with basket cases: euthanize them. It may sound harsh to some, but those are the very people who have never dealt with the MR or autistic. You have no idea how violent these people can become when their meds aren't working. You are not the ones at risk from being around them.
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No, the mercury is still there under a different name - Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight.
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I make no money off of my brother. I have no health care myself. He was diagnosed at 4 the first doctor he was taken to. I actually lose money trying to help take care of him as though he were a dependent child. I don't think that is anyone's business but my own, but I feel as though I have to prove I am not like the case mentioned above. I do hope one day the health care system is dependable for everyone, not just those currently receiving. I can say that for selfish reasons such as my own case, as well as the thought of those uninsured from all different sorts of situations.

Unlike case workers, autism isn't a choice. They can find another less tragic minimum wage job without benefits if they so choose.

My brother cannot wake up one day and say, "I don't want to be autistic anymore." and it be possible. I cant say, "I don't want to have a brother who is autistic anymore." and it be possible. But family means something, at least to me. My family faced many hardships because of my brother's diagnosis. To say anything else would be a lie. It nearly split my parents, and I spent years of my life resenting the changes his diagnosis brought about. He isn't a genius in hiding, he is just a young adult with the mental capacity of someone much younger. Again, my business, but I feel like I need to make my point. The point being that we survived the rough spots and came to accept who and what he is and care for him because he is our family. I don't take my responsibilities lightly, neither does my mother. My father passed away, but he came to understand the gravity of autism as well before his passing.

While I can understand your concerns about violent tendencies in mentally handicapped patients, and sympathize with the hardships you faced working in such a field... I don't appreciate the comparison of putting down people as though they were dogs. These are people, human beings, and if you pray, than surely you know the value of the soul.

Geez everyone, sorry for getting ranty. Obviously I have a stake in such a topic. peace
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Also, there are untold millions of baby boomers
who are caring for a disabled child at home...
now that those baby boomers are aging or dying,
the state will get custody.


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Also, there are untold millions of baby boomers
who are caring for a disabled child at home...
now that those baby boomers are aging or dying,
the state will get custody.


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When the state caused the autism to begin with--when the state refuses to provide health care for normal human beings--when the state is the Federal Reserve, Wall Street bankers, and the elite--the state is no longer a viable entity and must be overthrown. Who will bring about the change? The best and brightest have been murdered by the state all along, and the best and brightest will continue to be murdered by the state. All the state does is murder. It murders entire nations. A million and half normal Iraqis are dead at the hands of America. Millions of Vietnamese. Millions upon millions upon millions have been murdered by the United States of America.
I had to deal with a schizophrenic sister at the very time the state refused to fund institutions. My schizophrenic sister tore our family apart. It was a HUGE shame. No one could deal with it. My parents completely turned their backs on her. I was the focus of all her rage and still am, so I could not care for her. She would beat me to death if given the opportunity. Why? I am pretty, blonde, petite, and smart. She is morbidly obese, dark, ugly, filled with hate, and homicidal rage. Guess what? I am on a watch list and banned from working in the U.S., while she is making $40,000 a year. I am completely innocent, good, and chaste, while she is pure evil, psychotic, and a swinger. Yes, she fucks anything, anytime, anywhere. She is a complete slave and does whatever she is told at work. She is a mindless whore--exactly what the system wants.
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You know, don't take this wrong, but if someone asks me why I don't have kids, i'm tempted to point to this...you never know if you will end up with an autistic child and basically never be free again.
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//... on the spectrum is having a hard time getting help, what about aspergers and high functioning AI young adults?
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To my knowledge, no help whatsoever.
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do any spiritual methods help with autism? or is it purely physiological/neurological.
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I hope some day someone can say 'yes' to this question.


I have been counseling for 25 years (psychologist)

and it is horrifying to see this disorder go from one in 10,000 kids to one in 90 kids.


The parents are desparate and try EVERYTHING... loads of prayer, dietary changes, exercise routines, meds, etc. etc. etc....

It's like many of these children have had a 'lobotamy' and their brains are gone. Some of them behave a lot like animals... biting, etc.

No spiritual cure yet. No cure yet. Sad.
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Desperate and lobotomy--counseling for twenty-five years and you still can't spell.
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You know, don't take this wrong, but if someone asks me why I don't have kids, i'm tempted to point to this...you never know if you will end up with an autistic child and basically never be free again.
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If you don't get vaccines, you won't have an autistic kid.

Its as easy as that.
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