I've just heard the news that Obama's longest serving cabinet member, secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius has just tendered her resignation.
She was apparently dogged by controversies over the poor rollout of Obamacare and the lackluster website which people used to enroll in it as well as the poor implementation of this new law by the Obama administration.
What Ms. Sebelius is less widely known for is her authority to appoint public members to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the branch of the government that *ahem* suggests autism policy to the U.S. Government.
Ms. Sebelius has appointed several members of the neurodiversity movement to public membership posts in the IACC. It would seem she really does not give a shit about kids being crippled or sick. One of the persons she appointed is a high school dropout who didn't finish the tenth grade. Other members she's appointed have said that disability is a "social construct" and that autistic people would do just fine with the right accommodations. Another of her appointees has likened parents who wish to cure their autistic children to members of the Ku Klux Klan.
I can only hope that Sylvia Burwell, who has been tapped to replace her will take a more sane and rational approach to autism. Perhaps she will no longer appoint members of the neurodiversity movement to government posts.
I realize I shouldn't get my hopes up too high. My understanding is that Sebelius rubber stamped all of the IACC appointees based on recommendations from NIMH head Thomas Insel. Perhaps I should regard him as the real scoundrel and not her. I guess I can only hope congress can be persuaded not to reauthorize the IACC when the CAA sunsets in September of 2014. I know it's not going to happen but I can dream, can't I?