autism

Human Monetary Value

This makes me a little angry. The below quote is taken from the front page of the Autism Society of America:

A 2007 Centers for Disease Control report found that 1 in 150 children in America today have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASA estimates that 1.5 million Americans and their families are now affected. Autism is a national health crisis, costing the U.S. at least $35 billion annually.

Translation: “We don’t just view autistic children as individuals in need of love and guidance. We see them as burdens to their families and to the national economy!”

Nothing like monetizing and dehumanizing the individuals you claim to help within the first paragraph of your site’s introduction. You call yourselves the “voice of autism,” but I wonder how many children would introduce themselves as a statistic.

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