Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Never understimate a child with autism

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 achieve.