This is a video of an Arlington parent of a child with Autism asking for a meeting with his Congressman Joe Barton to discuss Autism and the Combating Autism Act that Congressman Barton is currently withholding from a vote in the House of Representatives.
Background (for those less than familiar): The CAA has already passed the Senate. It has a majority vote in the House but Congressman Barton has admitted to holding it
hostage and not allowing the House to vote on it until the Senate agrees to vote on his NIH bill. At least that is one of the explanations he has given. There are several other excuses as well as presumptions one may make from his own statements.
Each day 70 children fall into the grips of autism. 70 families are thrust into emotional and financial pains of autism. If the increase in the rate of Autism continues as it has over the last twelve years, then in statistics indicate that in 2015 the estimated rate of Autism could reach 1 in 7 children.
The cost of treatment for these children averages $10,000 to $50,000 and upwards each
year (although, I believe this estimate is low if my checking account
and those of fellow parents is any indication). At a median cost of care the treatment for each of these children will cost $1.5 Million over the next 50 years.
The Conquering Autism Act would provide funding for research to prevent future children and families from suffering and the hope of better treatments for those already affected. Each day Congressman Barton holds up the CAA we potentially lose 70 more children to Autism and very valuable treatment time for those already diagnosed.
If you take issue with Congressman Barton's tactics, please contact Congressman Barton's office, Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert office, and that of your own local representative. Our child Thanks You!
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