|Working papers||Viewpoint on the brain disorder(2003)||(View in 2000)|
|and notes:||The auditory system||The inferior colliculus||Hemoglobin & the brain|
|Concepts of autism||Autism spectrum||Social responsibility|
|Conrad Simon Memorial Research Initiative|
|Date posted: April 24, 2000 08:02 PM|
Protests against funding of special education are often heard, because it drains funds for education of the larger majority of normally developing children. When special education ends at age 22, too many of those on waiting lists for mental health services come to the attention of the police and even serve time in prison. I have personally witnessed this where I work, in the state hospital for mentally ill prison inmates in Massachusetts - many cases of Asperger syndrome, but even more severe developmentally disabled individuals with echolalic language, stereotyped mannerisms and other signs of autistic disorder. Clearly society must come up with a better solution.
All possibilities need to be considered. Perhaps Social Security should be abolished and replaced by mandatory long-term care insurance for every child born. This should be workable in the same way that automobile insurance is required. Would anyone want the Federal government to insure automobiles? Isn't private insurance the American answer to socialism?
Apology: I have been contacted by a few people who work in group homes, and have stayed with a particular house for many years. I hope more people will take this kind of work on as a career. It is interesting, and long-term staff at a house get to know the residents and their families very well. I was very angry when I setup this website and wrote this note about what happened to Conrad. I am still angry, but apologize to those who have made long-term commitments to their work in group homes.
Belcher JR (1989) Are jails replacing the mental health system for the homeless mentally ill? Community Mental Health Journal 24:185-195.
Jemelka R, Trupin E, Chiles JA (1989) The mentally ill in prisons: a review. Hospital and Community Psychiatry 40:481-496.
Thorburn KM (1989) The corrections department: the forgotten branch of the mental health system. Hawaii Medical Journal 48:91-92.
|Viewpoint on the brain disorder in autism (2003) | (View in 2000)
The auditory system | The inferior colliculus | Hemoglobin & the brain
Concepts of autism | Autism spectrum disorders | Social responsibility