By: William Stillman
In response to the Autism Society of America and National Health Council’s recent Town Hall Meeting on health reform, both presidential candidates, Senators McCain and Obama, stated their respective positions on autism and how our government should respond.
Both acknowledge the seriousness of addressing a “national crisis,” defined by McCain, ranging from funding for research, early detection, treatment, educational supports, and long-term, viable employment for the thousands of soon-to-be adults with autism. Senator Obama also advocates implementing $1 billion annually for autism research and treatment though what that entails and how it would differ from what presently occurs is uncertain (Obama improperly melds autism with other disabilities).
McCain rightly suggests “there is no single [treatment] approach” and recommends a “range of activities to improve the…