Thursday, April 02, 2009

Progress is Slow in the War on Autism

A great overview of how things stand now...

"Aside from doing the morally right thing, Jane Searing said, funding more programs for adults with autism makes economic sense.

"If you get them employed, you won't have to pay for them forever," Searing said, adding it's much better to "turn these people into taxpayers instead of tax takers.""

This is an interesting note, especially in light of the cuts that Prince William County is trying to make in vocational rehab programs like Spinaweb in the current budget crisis. Yes, it saves the county money, but it only passes along the cost to the state and federal tax coffers to support adults with developmental disabilities. Not to mention the sense of purpose these adults get from working...

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