We all knew the rate of autism was climbing, as it has been from the beginning. What is frustrating is that a local news station would rather run a last minute segment on how to get ready for bikini season than to interview a gifted autism advocate a autism Mom, speaker, writer and long standing member of the autism community raising awareness and understanding of autism. She was armed to discuss a nation crisis yet was bumped. Maybe if people understood that a generation of children are being kidnapped right out of society and loosing all the potential to be a productive part of our world, maybe then they might start asking how and why and what can we do to end this epidemic.
I have been most haunted by the never ending rise in numbers. Back when I first started researching autism it effected one in 100,000. It was unheard of. I had professors in college classes ask me to explain autism to them. The handful of books on the subject was just that, a mere handful. When John was labeled autistic, he was one in 1,000 and I thought that was one too many. When I finally got to a point where I was talking and writing about autism the rates were one in 500 and I knew several children on a personal basis, not just online or via a telephone call, but in my own town. Now in 2014 we get the newest data, which looks at 8-11 year olds in 2012 in a sample of states and we end up with a 30 percent increase in autism making the new numbers one in 68.
Somehow, it’s just glossed over yet again as if every spectrum person will be okay, and get on with life, no biggie. If we take statistics and apply that same 30 percent increase year by year until we reach the children born in 2014, we get a heart stopping one in nine. Let that sink in for a while, one in nine new babies born this year are heading for a cliff called autism and nobody seems to care.
I am as I said haunted by these numbers. I took time to look at what one in nine will mean to the graduating class of 2032. I took a typical yearbook, took a graduating class of 120 people and found out what became of every ninth person. This people will represent people missing from productive society in 2032. Here is the list.
Two Business Owners, one made local business man of the year twice
City Worker in the Electric Department
Artist and Soap Maker small business owner
Computer Programer also class valedictorian
Landscape Artist small business owner
Died in auto accident while in college
Special ed. and Home Bound Teacher
United States Army, location unknown
Department Manager in upscale department store
Former bookkeeper, now full time Mom to five children, quickly acquiring grandchildren.
These people are missing. They will not marry, they will not open business and employ others, they will not create jobs, or protect us the way fire fighters and army people do. They will need care. I think I am most haunted by the missing Mom. What would her five children and or grandchildren grow up to become. Not only is she missing, but her children and legacy. As a Mom I know my own son will never marry or have a family, and he will never open a business or join the army and that haunts me deeply.
Painting a picture of gloom and doom, if you see it that way. I see it as screaming in the dark for the future for the lives that should never be kidnapped out of childhood and left dependent on society for life time care. This is your wake up call, autism is way past the point of needing a month long awareness hype, but real questions and true answers. Do your part speak up and speak out, the future of tomorrow is waiting on us to take a strong stand today.