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Hillary Clinton Proposes National Autism Initiative

Her proposal would also extend services through adulthood.
Hillary Clinton Proposes National Autism Initiative
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As someone who has watched my friends and relatives fight endlessly to get services for their kids, I know this proposal could be a light at the end of a very long tunnel. There is very little help for adults on the autism spectrum, and this is a comprehensive plan to help them make the transition into work and self-sufficiency. This is a really good initiative:

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hillary Clinton released details of a new proposal Tuesday to increase early screening, treatment and funding for autism research, and focus greater attention on services for the estimated more than 3 million people with some form of the disability.

The proposal is one of several in recent weeks -- including a plan to dramatically increase funding for Alzheimer's research -- that have been focused on health issues. Like Alzheimer's disease, autism can be a costly, complex diagnosis that affects families struggling to provide care and navigate insurance, social services and other systems.

Autism, which has large and sometimes competing advocacy groups, is increasingly also a political issue, as advocates ask candidates to address controversies over the cause and prevalence of autism and its practical consequences in education, social services and the workplace. Some people contend that there is a link between autism and childhood vaccinations, but that possibility has been thoroughly debunked by scientific research.

"It's so hard," Clinton said of the "emotional, physical, and financial burden" of caring for those with Alzheimer's or autism. "I want to help families do the work they are already doing, but is so difficult."

"A lot of those families are just at their wits end trying to figure out how to get services how to get the insurance companies to pay for those services," she said of those dealing with autism.

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