thursdays_child: (Election 08: Hope)
( Jan. 26th, 2009 05:21 pm)
Through my dad, I got a link to Obama's Disability Agenda. Included is a four-part plan for addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders. You can read the whole Agenda here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/disabilities/.

The fourth part is the one that made me burst into tears just now though:

Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need.

If only. If only. If only.

But if this is put into place, maybe other families won't have to go through the unknown the way we did. Vic was still caught pretty early on, but what if he'd started some of the behavioral therapies when he was 2 or 3?

So.

That definitely gets a big cheer from me.
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