Hillary Clinton Announces Her Plan for Autism
|Above copied from Muck Rack|
The main point of Cornwall's article is that autism diagnosis is on the rise, as he cites a study from Penn State University:
Education Week has a new article in its Special Education section. And its first paragraph (shown below) parallels the change that occurred in the title of Cornwall's article.
|Above copied from Education Week|
Talking about vaccines focuses on finding the cause, which therefore regards autism as a "disease". But in this election year, the conversation may be dramatically shifting.
One of the candidates, Hillary Clinton, is changing the conversation into one that talks about how to support those who have autism and their families. Her plan is summarized in the following:
|Above copied from The Briefing|
Autism is now diagnosed at three different levels. The lowest severity level is described as follows:
|Severity level||Social communication||Restricted, repetitive behaviors|
Without supports in place, deficits in social communication cause noticeable impairments. Difficulty initiating social interactions, and clear examples of atypical or unsuccessful response to social overtures of others. May appear to have decreased interest in social interactions. For example, a person who is able to speak in full sentences and engages in communication but whose to- and-fro conversation with others fails, and whose attempts to make friends are odd and typically unsuccessful.
|Inflexibility of behavior causes significant interference with functioning in one or more contexts. Difficulty switching between activities. Problems of organization and planning hamper independence.|
- employ the knowledge and perspective of the family
- communication among team members is critical
- establish appropriate expectations for growth and competence
- meet the student where he is
- motivation is critical to attention and learning
- respect the individual