“About one in four adults in the United States suffers from a mental disorder in a given year, with about 6 percent suffering from a serious mental illness.”

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/mentalhth.htm#intro

That finding quoted from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality should cause each of us to stop and take notice.  3.5% of Americans have cancer (any type) according to the American Cancer Society.  5.8% of Americans have Diabetes.

No one can ignore cancer.  No one should ignore cancer.  When a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, everyone’s life is affected.  No one should ignore Diabetes.  It’s a serious life-long illness that can be effectively treated.

So why do we ignore serious mental illness?  Why do we need a law that mandates equal treatment for mental illness?  If 6% of Americans, 18.4million, are seriously ill, where are the walks?  Where are the ribbons?  Where are the product tie-ins and corporate sponsorships? »Read More

“My whole career was based on skills that came as a result of, not despite, my autism.” Ron Brix, Age 54.

Autism as a set of Skills – not Deficits

A recent article on MSNBC.com focused on companies in Denmark and Chicago that are training people with Autism Spectrum Disorders for jobs for which the characteristics of autism give them a distinct advantage.  Jobs that require intense focus, strong detail orientation, repetitive tasks and spotting imperfections are particularly well suited to people on the spectrum.

At Aspiritech, in Chicago, workers with ASD have proven to be up to 8 times more accurate at tasks like manual data entry than workers without autism.  Sure there are challenges and limitations in any workplace.  Most workplaces have social environments that can be difficult to navigate for people on the spectrum.  »Read More