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Friday, October 09, 2009

Autism Research/Changing My Direction

I have happily decided to change my major to child and family development so that I can eventually get my master's in autism research. I am so thrilled with my decision and cannot wait to get my general education classes finished so that I can move on to my core requirements.

I know that there is now a new statistic that every one in 91, that's 1% of children are diagnosed with autism and I feel that it will continue to increase. Therefore, the need for more research will be necessary not only now but in the future. It will be an exciting field to be in and I want to be part of it.

I just read online/in the news that Obama approved 60 million dollars towards autism research which is very encouraging. There is so little known about it and in so many different aspects of it that it will be an ongoing effort in order to solve the puzzle and to get what these children (and adults) what they need the most. It is especially important that the adults get what they need because so many do not even have an advocate to help them along in life. It is a shame that they need to go to group homes or assisted living which, I believe, compromises their need to be more independent.

I shall get off my soapbox for now but I must make you aware that I will be writing more and more about this as time goes on.


Melissa H said...

LORA!!! This is fantastic! I think that you will be AWESOME! So happy for you. :-) <3

Deliasgone said...

I think that you'll like your new major. Now, is this 60 million going to what causes autism or is going to figure out ways to help with inclusion, etc? I haven't seen this yet which is why I'm asking. There is a blog that I would like to share with you. Its called Angry Black Bitch. She is a social worker and fighter for reform. She also has an autistic older brother that she talks about frequently. I think that you would like what she has to say on a lot of things.