How is the Government Affected by Autism?

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In the 1940s, two scientists in different countries discovered and named ‘autism’. In the United States, Dr. Leo Kanner from Johns Hopkins University used the term ‘autism’ to describe the unsociable behavior of the children he studied. Around the same time, a scientist from Germany called Hans Asperger whose last name is used to describe Asperger’s syndrome. From the 1960s to the 1970s, autism was mainly treated through pain and punishment because it was thought to have worked the best way then. During the 1980 and 90s, modern day and better treatments were created. As a result behavioral and language therapy came into play. Autism is found in every 1 in 110 children a year. Only one in eighty-eight are found here in the United States. Autism is a mental disability that is usually noticed at the age of three affecting the normal developing parts of the brain: social interaction, communication skills, and sense of understanding. Individuals with autism are more prone to sickness than other. It could be from asthma to persistent viral infections and sensory integration dysfunction. Autism unlike other mental illnesses has nothing to do with age, race, regions, or social economic status of the individual and can be found in anyone. As of current, there is no cure for autism but there is early detection, intervention and treatment for younger children. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the individual won’t have autism but the treatment will lessen of autism occurring. The government pays to take care of these children and it cost a lot of money every year to give out to their parents. The government pays the medical and physical cost for each and every autistic child. People sometimes take this for granted or give up their childre... ... middle of paper ... ...s given to the University of California to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead. The University of California could always hold fund raisers to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets. Last, the government can spend money on necessary problems such as health and medical care for those who can’t afford it, homeless people who can’t get a job, kids who have to fend for their siblings on their own, e.g. I am not saying they should stop researching autism but the government should find a way to decrease the amount of money spent. Saving more children before their autism actually starts would be better than to wait for the child to be all grown up and then the parents or guardian will have to apply to programs and organizations to help that child. There are numerous solutions to the spending and the government can start now.

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