As a community, we need to continue to raise awareness of autism and advocate for funding for research detecting the cause, early diagnosis and effective interventions, medicines and treatments. We need local school systems to deliver individualized and quality driven plans to meet autism’s ever growing demand for appropriate special education services. We need to address the growing issue of adults with autism, specifically around continuing education, day habilitation programs, transition, vocational training and employment, residential living opportunities and community inclusion.
It is important to ask questions and let your elected officials know they need to pay attention to these issues. Becoming informed and educated and continuing to raise awareness about Autism is necessary in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our children.
~Diane Cahill, President, Autism Coalition of Long Island
A key piece of legislation that affects the disabled community was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo entitled "Guardians of Mentally Retarded and Developmentally Disabled Persons," to end all use of "mentally retarded."
President Obama has signed bipartisan legislation creating a one-year pilot program expanding ABA care to all military families through TRICARE, the Pentagon's healthcare program, a critical first step in improving services for military families raising children with autism.