Autism rate: 1 in 59 Kids. It’s time to care.

By Dr. Bob Sears – TACA Physician Advisory Board   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that autism now affects 1 in 59 children in America (1.) I am not surprised by this statistic because I, and every other pediatrician down here in the trenches, have known this for years. What…

IACC is requesting public comment for their strategic plan

By Lisa Ackerman Here we go for the third installment of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Planning. Here is what the IACC is proposing: The IACC is requesting public comments to inform the development of the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan. The objectives in the IACC Strategic Plan were last revised in 2011, and the…

#Presidential Candidates Let’s Talk #Autism Plan

WHY HAVE A PLAN IN THE FIRST PLACE? As a country, we need to address this important health issue affecting 1 in 68 every US Children (1.) A more recent parent survey shows the number even higher at 1 in 45 (2.) Candidates need to know this should be a front-of-mind issue affecting many families living with autism. They also need to know we need help.

A Change for #Autism?

By Lisa Ackerman On September 15 2015, Dr. Thomas Insel announced he will step down as a director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NMIH) and Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) (1.) This change is effective November 1, 2015. On this blog we have written about the IACC and their efforts since inception back…

Why Would a Government Panel Question Universal #Autism Screening?

By Lisa Ackerman When a serious developmental disability increases from 1 in every 10,000 US children in 1970 to 1 in 68 in 2015, how should the government respond (1)? One would think perhaps scale up screenings? Increase support? Look into cause and treatments? Sadly, the newest report is the opposite, to put a stop…

Why you should care about autism

By Lisa Ackerman This blog is not for families living with autism as they are well aware of this information. This blog is for you, the American taxpayer not living with autism in your life. You need to care about autism because you know what – your taxes are about to skyrocket. Please read. Autism…

It’s Time to Get Serious about Autism Legislation

  By Holly Bortfeld   For 16 years, I’ve watched government agencies say nothing useful and do nothing to help my kids. For as long, I’ve seen autism orgs fight a regimented system who doesn’t care, for money they don’t want to spend on a diagnosis that no one can agree on the cause, treatment,…

Hindsight and the evolution of ASD treatment and recovery

  By Holly Bortfeld   I went to the IACC meeting in Washington DC on April 8, 2014 (1) to testify in front of the committee about my family’s autism journey. I took my son with me, as I am a single parent and have never had respite care. Standing over 6 feet tall, my…

Autism in Minneapolis: 1 in 48

By Lisa Ackerman An important new study from the University of Minnesota has been published regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results:   ASD overall rate: 1 in 48.  Another major finding is in the Somali population autism rates are 1 in 32. Here is how the study got underway: In October…