Autism Speaks in California
Californians in Sonoma, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego embody the mission of Autism Speaks in their local communities. This year Sacramento and Modesto have joined our grassroots initiatives. We invite you to find out more and participate in statewide advocacy efforts, local community resources, upcoming events, and ways to get involved. Something to Think About AB 1205 DID NOT make it out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We have 2 weeks to make this happen. If AB 1205 does not pass out of Assembly Appropriations, AB 1205 won't even make it onto the Assembly floor for a vote. Without AB 1205, health plans will continue to deny requests for services for ABA. They will continue to use the lack of licensed providers as a reason to deny services. We need your help to overcome this hurdle!
**** The following was posted on a website: “In the early 1990s, the incidence of autism was put at 1 in 10,000 and now it’s approximately 1 in 150. Is that because it was never detected or are more people creating a hysteria? Where did all the ADD, ADHD etc. etc. kids go? It would seem with that kind of a percent increase it would get the attention of swine flu. I don’t understand why this gets all this specific attention when other afflictions affect kids too. Is it because people jump on the bandwagons similar to the 90's Prozac era when it was the hip thing to do was drug your kid or does this really affect 1 in 150? Does that mean in another 10 years it'll be 1 in 10? Isn't this something most kids grow out of? Not to be cold I just don't get it.” We who deal with autism daily know a lot about it and assume that others do, but that’s obviously not the case. It is because of these types of comments that we need to increase awareness among the general public. Start with awareness and turn it into action.
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