Impartial,I am online right now, learning about autism through the
lens of a teenage boy with autism. He's communicating that he would like
more information.Your lack of support for education and useful
information is staggering.
I strongly disagree w/@Impartial7. The job of any legitimate news agency
isn't just to report on news as it happens, but to investigate & report
on any consequential & far-reaching concerns that affect citizens the news
agency is supposed to be serving.As a mother of an adult son on the
autism spectrum, living in a state that has more than it's fair share of
kids diagnosed (or not yet diagnosed) w/in that spectrum, I can tell you that
not enough spotlight (o money) has been devoted to this pop. or family members
affected by it--by the media, the fed & state govt's., or the education
system. My son had a wonderful resource teacher during his last 4 yrs in grade
school, & also during jr. high, but not in the first 2 yrs after his
diagnosis; & the resources available to him in h.s. were practically
non-existent--all of a sudden, he was expected to be just like any other
teenager (except he was given a few more days to turn in assignments). IMO, not nearly enough attention is paid to this vital subject, & not even
close to enough support & training for the kids, parents, or educators
living w/or helping this pop.So kudos to Connor for bringing up an
issue many choose to ignore.
I understand that this letter checks off a box to obtain his Eagle Scout.
However, if his goal is to honestly help his parents, in dealing with him and
his autism, he can spend some time, online, and provide his parents with a
wealth of information. That's not the job of a newspaper.