Sunday, May 18, 2008

Autism Headlines Cure The Truth

Doctors make advances against autism

Yippee! According to this headline in the Daily News out of New York, our troubles are over!

Except that the headline is crap. The article goes on to talk about early diagnosis and early intervention - same ole same old. There is absolutely nothing about any so-called "advances."

Parents of children with autism find these types of headlines frustrating. This headline gives the impression that medical science is well on its way to solving the autism "puzzle." From the extensive reading I've done, and continue to do daily, I can tell you that's far from the truth. In fact, I believe we are at least one generation, probably more, from definitely figuring out what causes autism. I'd truly love to be wrong, but, unfortunately, I don't think I am. In the meantime, a headline like this allows the general public to put autism to the back of their minds, safe in the knowledge that "somethings being done" to help those affected.

This generation is going to grow up and the puzzle for parents and society to solve is how to take care of all those adults who can't take care of themselves.

C'mon, doctors, please make some REAL advances! Journalists, stop selling newspapers with headlines full of crap!