a new face for autism, no win
Miss Montana Alexis Wineman didn’t win the Miss America competition. She did win the ‘America’s Choice’ award and made it to the Semi Finalists group. She was on TV for 30 to 45 minutes and so was the face of autism. In other words, the moment ended as fast as it’d started. It’s no surprise that a person with borderline autism (Aspergers, “high functioning”) as Alexis or full-blown autism (as in most cases) can’t represent the US.
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.”
Since you’re still reading, let’s debunk some of the lies the federal government wants to make us believe. Read the facts.
“Did you know …
Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
There is no medical detection or cure for autism
National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation
Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion
Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding.”
I guess I should be glad that Miss New York (from Kings County) won, but I’m not. As with the rest of the competition, it’s a charade. What can you expect when beauty (exterior) outweighs the soul?