Dear President Obama,
First of all, I can’t thank you enough for your inspiring State of the Union address last night. For the first time in my life I was actually excited to hear about what you had to say. I love that you addressed middle-class economics, our growing economy, job creation, and the fact that more high school and college students are graduating now than ever before is amazing. You spoke eloquently about how our combat mission in Afghanistan is over, and that you’ll be sending a practical budget to Congress in two weeks. You spoke about healthcare, affordable childcare, and the fact that we are the “only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave.” Forty-three million!!!!!!!!!
But Mr. President, you did not mention a thing about autism or autism research in your speech.
I waited for it and waited for it.
I was eager to hear about what you had to say about a growing neurological epidemic that affects 1 in 68 children. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). Those statistics are scary! What are you going to do about that! You were so proud to talk about children graduating high school and college, but what about the future for these children! These children are our future, and if you don’t start thinking about it now, and doing something about it now, then where will we be in the next 10 years?!
My child deserves a chance just like everyone else’s! And it scares me to death to know that your rein will be ending, and we will be at the mercy of someone that could care less about education, middle-class economics, and job security. Someone like Donald Trump perhaps, who only cares about himself, and knows no boundaries!!!!!
As an educator, a behavioral specialist, and a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, I urge you to think and reconsider autism research before next November, and what you can do to help the 1 in 68 children who were diagnosed this year alone… because by the end of next year, 2016, that number will rise again.
Think about it, sir. You could go out with a bang next year! You could be the man that brought change to this country’s neurological epidemic. You could be the man that cared enough to do something about it, and provide hope to those who struggle every day. Like my child. My son deserves a fair chance in life, and so do all the others.