Thankfully the way autism spectrum disorders are defined and diagnosed by the
healthcare industry is about to change. Under the new guidelines
some 2/3 of persons who currently qualify as autistic will be excluded.Autism is the most overdiagnosed childhood illness of our time. As ADD/HD were
in the 80's autism is now. Parents love it because their child gets
special treatment.Schools love it because they get more money based
upon the number of "special needs" students.Doctors love
it because they get to charge big bucks for all the tests and drugs.In reality, most of the kids who qualify as "mildly autistic" are
just fine. But we stick them with this label that they'll have for the rest of
their lives and somehow think that makes things better.
What I don't understand is why our Republican legislature is creating another
government program instead of having the private insurance companies take care
of it. These kids need help especially if families are losing their homes, but
not from an expensive government program! That's hypocritical to me...
I can't help but wonder why our mandate-averse legislature seems to bring up
this autism mandate (in one form or other) every year. It seems hypocritical.