Addressing autism

In 1993 one in 10,000 children had a chance of being diagnosed with autism. Since then, one in 150 have a chance of being diagnosed.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

In 1993 one in 10,000 children had a chance of being diagnosed with autism. Since then, one in 150 have a chance of being diagnosed. For a child with autism, the most important intervention is a highly structured, specialized, intensive education plan. Therefore, the government should spend more money and more time on this.

The government actually did spend $20,000 per child. Now they've lowered it to $6,000 per child per year. Each year it costs about $35 billion in support of people with this disorder. The government intends to give money that's needed for an autistic child's education plan, but not going over the limit of $6,000 per year.

It's important to match a child's potential and specific needs with treatment and/or strategies to get closer to their established goals and greatest potential. The people who actually try to help, are the people who care. All kids need a good education whether they are autistic or not.

Victoria Saenz

Norwalk