From January 22nd, 2009

Autism Screening Tops the President’s Medical To-Do List

By Nancy Shute, US News and World Report Whitehouse.gov launched at 12:01 pm Wednesday, even before the new president had taken his oath of office on the Capitol’s West Front. Autism is the only disorder or disease mentioned explicitly in Obama’s 24-point agenda. Heart disease and cancer don’t get the call. Neither does diabetes, or other chronic diseases. But there are four hefty bullet points addressing autism. Obama called for:1. Increased funding for research, treatment, screenings, public awareness and support services for autism spectrum disorders. 2. “Life-long services” for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults. Many…