Eric Duquette has autism. He could not speak until he was 5 years old. By the age of 18 Eric had the second highest GPA in his graduating high school class and could speak fluent Spanish and Sign Language. As he delivers his graduation speech he implores us to "never underestimate a child with autism".
Why do we want evidence-based medical treatment for autism? It's simple:
because autism is a treatable disorder and we refuse to underestimate our
children affected by this condition. We don't want pity, charity or
special hand outs. We want to be able to purchase health insurance that
covers our family's health care needs. We will do what it takes to get
them the help they need because we will not underestimate what they can