You might think I’m a little off-topic on this one – but trust me –
you want to hear this.
Today, in response to Moammar Gadhafi’s violation of a United Nations mandated cease-fire, more than 110 Tomahawk missles were fired upon Libya.
More unrest in the Middle East.
Did you know that AUTISM is affecting the READINESS of our military forces here in the United States?
WHAT MAKES AUTISM A READINESS ISSUE?
More than 13,000 military dependents have Autism.
Only 10% of military dependent children with autism are receiving the appropriate treatment and therapies.
- Parenting a child with autism creates a complex and stressful family dynamic.
- Many families require the expensive assistance of special education advocates and attorneys to ensure appropriate educational placement and programming for their child with autism.
- Families that incur significant debt to advocate for their child with autism and to provide necessary therapies TRICARE does not cover, put their soldier in jeopardy of losing security clearance.
- Often, the military spouse cannot work outside of the home due to lack of affordable, qualified childcare.
- In addition to the financial hardship, soldiers are challenged emotionally to meet the needs of their spouse, meet the demands of caring for a child with autism, meet the needs of other children within the family and still carry out their commitment and duty to serve.
- Researching appropriate treatment, coordinating multiple therapy appointments, transportation, special dietary needs, toileting and hygiene and providing constant supervision for the child with autism is around-the-clock duty.
- Families that cannot gain access to ECHO-related services, fail to receive respite care.
- Caring for a child with autism can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Failure to provide the assurance of family care is critical for mission readiness.
If you think the current situation in Libya and elsewhere across the globe – TO INCLUDE RELIEF EFFORTS IN JAPAN – are not affected by autism…
Sorry… You are mistaken.
Maybe it’s another great arguement for the military’s big Boss Man to Light the White House Blue on World Autism Awareness Day…