The neurodiversity movement has again succeded in one of their inane crusades, persuading congress to change the name of the Combating Autism Act to the Autism Collaboration, Accountability Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act. Autism Speaks who funded Laurent Mottron and had John Robison on a science advisory board has also gotten into the act . When this law was originally passed, it was the now defunct Cure Autism Now, that lobbied for it. The original intent was to do research to find a cure for autism and end this nightmare that affects so many of us.
Ari Ne'eman, John Robison and their cronies found the language in the act offensive and so congress is changing the name of this law while reauthorizing it.
The ND movement has already succeeded in packing the interagency autism coordinating committee with members of their warped ideology. To date, not a single pro-cure, anti-neurodiversity autistic has been appointed to the public membership of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.
Even when this was called the combating autism act, it was a very bad law. Not just because of all the members of ND that were appointed to public membership, but the fact that it spent millions of dollars on the CDC's autism surveillance program which gives the phony 1 in 68 number which was acquired by looking at school and health records of kids and counting them as autistic if anything at all suggested they had this condition, regardless of whether or not there was an actual diagnosis reported. This money does absolutely nothing to help those on the spectrum. Their other work does nothing to help autistic people.
Now, the proposed law states that autism should not even be combated anymore. Is a rose by any other name just as foul smelling as before? I really don't know.
We need to get rid of this law and allow the private sector to take over. I wish the government would just return the 260 million bucks this law authorizes to the taxpayers who have a stake in autism. Hopefully an awesome private sector foundation would support sane scientists who would find treatments or even a cure for this horrible disability from which I suffer every day. I realize this is an opium-induced dream and there is no way I can make it happen.
One thing we can do, however, is write our congress person, urging them to vote no on this legislation which has the new name that implies we should not try to find a cure for autism.
I've written my congress person. I hope any American who reads this and agrees with me will do the same.