Thursday, March 31, 2011

White House Response

I received an email response from my letter. This is it in it's entirety.

March 31, 2011

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing to me about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). I recognize the profound impact ASDs have on millions of Americans, and I appreciate hearing from you.

For too long, the needs of people with disabilities, including individuals and families living with ASDs, have gone unrecognized and unmet, and remedying this neglect has been important to me throughout my career. This commitment has continued into my Presidency, and my Administration has already increased funding for autism research, screenings, treatment, life-long services, and public awareness.

We must support children and adults living with ASDs. Safe universal screenings are essential for infants, as are re-screenings for children at or before two years -- an age at which some conditions, including ASDs, begin to appear. I will continue to work with Congress, experts, and families to improve Federal and State ASD programs. We remain committed to leveling the playing field for all Americans with disabilities.

Again, thank you for writing. To learn more about this important issue, please visit or


Barack Obama



  1. Not one not one of my questions was answered.

  2. Boo! I'm the eternal optimist. Maybe we will be surprised?? (I say with no confidence at all.)

  3. Double *heavy sigh*

    That's it?

    It reads a lot like last year's statement in recognition of WAAD.

  4. I looked at the websites I was told to go to learn more. What was said was · "Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months." No explanation of what it is or the signs.

  5. Not enough. Just not enough. That's all I have to say.