It brought to mind the comments of one of the mothers in Autism: The Musical. 'I don't know how to make them value her'.
Why do so few doctors value our children?
Local doctors don't show much interest in autism
My family was happy to see that The Pantagraph had a blurb about the upcoming discussion regarding early identification of autism and autism awareness sponsored by the Autism Spectrum Institute, Autism Clinic at Illinois State University, the Autism Society of McLean Cunty, SPICE, Marcfirst and Child and Families Connection 16 at Ewing Manor on April 3.
I was looking forward in hearing what Dr. Charles Morton had to discuss and to pass on to the local physicians - the target audience.
When I phoned the Autism Clinic at ISU on Tuesday to inquire if this was open to the public, the clinic informed me that, due to low physician response/interest, they were canceling the presentation.
Much to my chagrin, this solidifies my theory that the local medical community doesn't appear to be interested in this very important health issues facing us as a society today.
I know that that might be an over-generalization, but I have seen it.
There were only a total of 10 physicians responding to attend; I think that is telling.
The local universities, service centers and private practice therapists have much to offer. My family believes that early identification and intervention are key in helping a child become all that they are able to be and more.
One in 150 children will be affected by autism and those numbers will be increasing. So if you don't know anyone affected by autism, you soon will.