Thursday, September 20, 2012

My One Percenter

I want YOU to make Autism an important issue in the election!

I am going to try and not get too political here. Truth be told, that is a difficult thing to do, because I tend to wear my political leanings on my sleeve.

All this talk about the secretly taped Romney fund-raiser, and his assertion that apparently 47% of the electorate is full of people that are looking for a hand-out and have feelings of self-entitlement got me to thinking.

I don’t know about 47%, but at least around 1% of the population should feel like they are entitled. They should be entitled to the therapy they need without discrimination from health insurance companies. They should be entitled to going to school free from bullying. They should be entitled to every opportunity imaginable to reach their full potential.

Yet even amongst that 1%, do you know what we find? People that WANT to contribute. We find people that want to be gainfully employed and be independent. So we can’t even say that ALL of the 1% believes they are entitled to EVERYTHING. Just to be given the keys to unlock their passion and their abilities.

Here is the rub though. A fair amount of that 1% will not vote. Their parents probably will, but the ones that are the most impacted; the ones that need the fair shake – they aren’t participating in the political discourse for the most part. They are dependent upon society to do what is RIGHT.

We HAVE to do something. We HAVE to do more. We HAVE to get autism insurance reform on the tip of the tongues of EVERY politician out there. It is urgent. What are we waiting for? Together we can make a difference.  We need our leaders to understand that autism is a health crisis! Do it for your 1 in 88. Do it because it is right. Do it because it is necessary.

We need to do something NOW that can greatly impact the lives of autistic individuals. It is about getting kids the therapies they need. It is about providing young adults with job and life skills. It is about making sure that there are safe and affordable housing options that serve not as a place to hide autistics away, but to serve as an extension to their treatment plan so that they can be included in society and all it has to offer.

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