Addressing Private Sorrows: A Plan to Meet the Challenges of Rising Autism Rates and More Adults with Autism

by Assemblyman Joseph J. Roberts Jr.

The diagnosis can be the most devastating, overwhelmng, and confounding words a parent mught ever hear: “Your child has autism.” In an instant, all of a parent’s joyous dreams are brutually crushed; the child’s prospects for a normal life are virtually extinguished. The child is in a neurologically compromised world, exhibiting poor eye contact, diminished communication skills, and peculiar repetitive behaviors. The body is there, but the inner soul has vanished because the child’s mind has gone haywire.

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