Demand Funding for Autism with Severe Self Injury and Aggression

  • by: Debra Cordone
  • recipient: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the National Institute of Health

Autistic individuals with severe self injury and aggression are not receiving the help they need and deserve. Families are living in crisis on a daily basis. There are only a handful of in-patient units in the entire U.S. with an average of 15 beds each, making the waitlists 6 months -2 years. These individuals, often children end up in a hospital or psychiatric unit for months to a year or longer. The hospitals and psychiatric units can do NOTHING for them other than mechanically restrain and sedate. Many are FORCED to home school. This is a crisis in the U.S. Federal funding for research, resources and in-patient facilities is desperately needed.

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