In my life i have two big things that involve my time. One is my family and therefore our autistic son and the other is Politics. As a general rule i tend not to involve the two blogs however there is a point that needs to be made not only to those who follow my blog here in Canada but also those who read my blog in the US.
The point is simple. It is your child the government is neglecting both by minimal or no funding for treatment as well as minimal to no funding for research into the causes of autism and its possible cures.
The only way to make this inequity go away or at least reduce is to get involved. Talk to your politicians when they come around looking for your votes, Go seek them out in their offices, listen to what they have to say and see what they follow up on. When after you exhaust all options to the best of your abilities ask yourself this. What have i learned about how much these politicians care about me and my child. Now once you have your answer, and in very few cases will it be anything but they care little or nothing for us beyond my vote, then decide what can i best do to get my child the care and help s/he requires and how do i get the research that we need.
The only answer is GET INVOLVED. Choose a party that most closely represents your views and get involved. Offer as a candidate. If you feel it is the only way you will get properly represented go as far as to create a new party (remember to come up with a full platform not just autism) though this is a lot of work however, or even run as an independent. Remember 1 in 91 children born today will develop autism that will affect a large number of people and if the governments of our day are not willing to do what it takes to advance autism research then we must make the effort to make our voices heard loud and clear.
We are the voices of the parents with autistic children and we are the voices of those children as well. Together we can get involved and together we can make significant changes to the research and treatment of autism. If they will not help us then it is time for us to do it ourselves