The Problem With Hillary Clinton

Before you laud Hillary Clinton’s “autism plan” please consider the following statements… 
“’As a country, we must make a priority of supporting the millions of Americans with autism, and their loved ones,’ Clinton said of the autism initiative. ‘Too many American families are staying up at night worrying about their family members, especially children, who are living with autism.’
Time
I’m “living with autism”? I didn’t realize it was sharing a living space with me. Should I start charging it rent? Making it clean the catbox and do dishes? Do parents of kids who aren’t autistic not worry about them? Sounds oddly like Suzanne Wright’s “A Call for Action” from November 2013 (the comments for which you can read here, since Autism Speaks has hidden them from view).
It is truly a great pleasure to serve as honorary chair. I’m certain that through the convergence of scientific, academic, public and political programs we can successfully develop treatments and hopefully a cure for autism.
There’s that “cure” word. Cure something which isn’t a disease? No thanks, I don’t want you to dig into my brain and re-wire me.
“How much funding will you request to study potential environmental triggers of autism?
 
‘I am very concerned about the possible links between autism, the environment and other chronic diseases. Because there is so much we don’t know, I not only support increasing funding for the environmental research authorized by the Combating Autism Act, but I’ve also introduced legislation – the Coordinated Environmental Public Health Tracking Act – that would enable us to link disease surveillance to environmental infonnation, and investigate disease clusters. This bill would provide $100 million to monitor the environmental causes of disease. I have also proposed to increase the NIH budget by 50 percent over five years and to double it over 10 years.
 
As President, I will provide a total of about $700 million annually to address autism. That funding will go toward expanding research to identify causes of autism as well as creating a task force charged with investigating evidence-based treatments, interventions, and services; improving access to post-diagnosis care; providing teacher training; providing planning and demonstration grants for adults; creating a National Technical Assistance Center; and guaranteeing quality, affordable health care.’
 
Do you believe there is an autism epidemic in the United States?
 
‘Yes. Today, one in 150 children rare diagnosed with autism, for a total of about 25,000 each year. In sum, about 1.5 million Americans and their families are affected by autism today. This national health crisis is costing the United States at least $35 billion each year. I have long been a strong advocate for individuals and families impacted by autism. I have cosponsored the Combating Autism Act and introduced the Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act, in order to ensure that Americans living with autism could have access as quickly as possible to evidence-based treatments, interventions, and services. When I am President, I will dramatically boost research funding for autism and support services for families caring for an autistic loved one.’
There are quite a few statements throughout that entire survey/interview which trouble me, from Clinton… but hey, Age of Autism is just one big troublesome website in itself.
Last year, I worked with my colleagues on the HELP Committee to pass the Combating Autism Act into law. This important bill will increase the amount and type of research we are doing to understand the origins of this disease, and help us develop new treatments – and eventually – a cure. It will also help to increase the ability of our health professionals to screen and diagnose autism as early as possible in children, so as to improve our ability to treat this disease.
 
But while we are carrying out the research that will lead us to gain a better understanding of this disorder, we cannot forget those who are and who have been living with this disease today–the families who are desperate for assistance and help with a disorder that so often shuts off individuals from the world around them.

Cure cure cure cure cure… stop.

Additionally, this article, while on a website I’m not too keen about, does have some interesting reading regarding her ties to Dr. Mark Hyman, who is known for pushing quackery and curbie nonsense. This article also touches on their ties to the same doctor.

“But her plan is better than those without a plan.”

I’d rather have someone with no plans than have a plan which promote abuse and potential genocide. Having read Secretary Clinton’s plan, which mostly sounds good – aside from promoting ABA therapies, sheltered workshops (Autism Works), and eugenics projects (MSSNG) –  can we truly trust someone to have our best interests at heart, when that someone has a long history of considering us to be a diseased epidemic who need to be cured?

Clinton’s “plan” is problematic and needs to be revised. She can do better. Other candidates can do better, as well and they have time to show us that. I’m disappointed that ASAN or any of their representatives are touting this plan as acceptable. I almost feel like I’m being thrown under the bus for ASAN to win over political favors. Demand better on my behalf, if you’re going to speak for us. This isn’t better. This is the same ol’ lip service we’ve been getting, along with the same promises to wipe out future generations of autistic folks.

Personally, I’d like to see what Bernie Sanders has to say about all this, since he’s actually on the Congressional Autism Caucus… maybe that’s my next mission.