Michael Buckholtz is on day 29 of his hunger strike for autism.
Read all about it here and in this post.
Not for himself, but for families and individuals who need money to get a proper diagnosis and who have no access to treatment otherwise.
Girls and women, and people from the lower social-economic classes are underdiagnosed.
Girls with autism are often withdrawn or overcompensate their autism, children and adults with autism from the lower social-economic classes are often told they suffer from bad upbringing.
Because there's no proper diagnosis they don't receive treatment.
A lot needs to be done and your help is needed.
The public needs to be informed, not only about the characteristics of autism, but also about ways to find a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Your help is needed.
- To spread the word about this strike (see here for info and banners,) on your blog, on twitter and other social media
- To inform papers, radiostations, shows and TV-stations about the strike
- To motivate others to help
- To donate, even when it's one or a few dollars: here
- To buy his book. See here.
I know, it's awful to say, but most people don't care, because their children are healthy and do well at schools and everywhere else.
But many children are unhappy, because they're told every day they should behave better, but they can't.
Autism is a neuro-biological disorder that presents itself in all sorts of ways. In social behaviour, in communication, in understanding the world.
When we diagnose children early we can help them to understand the world better and find a place in it so they can be happy.
Help Michael reach the media so a larger audience will hear his appeal.
He'll accompany John Elder Robison on some of his lectures in New York
RadioBlogRadio will feature Michael on june 17 on a special radio broadcast
Finally more people on twitter react.