The U.S. is holding their Presidential election tomorrow (Nov.6). Four years ago I wrote about the election as it approached. Both major candidates made a few comments that were, well, ill informed. Barack Obama held forth a promise to make life better for the disability community. He had the clearest disability plan, including fully funding IDEA (special education) and naming an “Autism Czar”. These did not come to pass. Some extra money was set aside for special education as a one time event during the economic stimulus budget, but special education remains underfunded. No one person is in place to oversee autism research and policy, but there is a renewed commitment to keep funding research.
All in all, not where I hoped we would be four years ago.
And, yet, I have even less hope for the future with Mr. Romney.
I hope all is well for Americans who wish to vote. The east coast is still recovering. Whoever you support, make your voice heard.
By Matt Carey