• Petitioning 1,000,000 People For Better Lives for All Persons With Autism!

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1,000,000 People For Better Lives for All Persons With Autism!
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

1,000,000 People for Better Lives for All Autistic Persons!

    1. Lisa DeSherlia
    2. Petition by

      Lisa DeSherlia

      St. Louis, MO

I'm  a mother of a daughter, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and I'm diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder myself. I am passionate to see funds be released to provide more services of different kinds for adults with autism as well as to see covered services for all families of children with autism, including low-income families and minority families. Currently, the diagnostic and support services that do exist are for those 21 and under, and those are available usually to families able to pay or who have quality, private insurance. Sometimes states may provide limited coverage for these families. As for adults with autism, virtually no diagnostic or support services that families can access or afford. In my state, adults like myself who yearn for an autism evaluation must wait a year in advance if we must depend on insurance; if you are 21 or over, support services are almost nonexistent. In a nutshell, this petition calls for a comprehensive package of covered services for all persons with autism in the US.

Goal of Petition:  The goal is to obtain funding for mostly support services but also for research, for persons of all ages, races, incomes and walks of life who have suspected or diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Currently, most autism services are available only to autistic persons under age 21 whose families are able to pay for these services. Services for autistic adults are very limited or available only in certain areas in the US. Because of this, far too many people of all ages even in this age of awareness, continue to "fall between the cracks." This petition calls for comprehensive coverage for all autistic persons.

Currently, there are $931 million available for autism funding; this includes $693 million in the Combating Autism Re-Authorization Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama in September 20, 2011 but never appropriated (http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/federal). This also includes $238 million in autism projects that expired at the end of September 2012 (http://autismspeaks.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/19-million-risk-new-autism-research, Sept. 19, 2012). What is needed is for these funds to be re-newed, appropriated and then re-allocated to include adults with autism.

Thank you for considering this petition. If you wish to find out more feel free to look at my letter to the US President and the US Congress below. Your support means very much to every person who is touched by autism!


Recent signatures


    1. My Newest Facebook Page

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      Last year, October 29, 2013, I began the process of going through an ASD screening four hours, both ways, from where I live. Earlier this year, I found out that, indeed, I have confirmed to have an ASD. I am in the process of writing a book about this and how having my daughter has led me along this journey. I have created a new Facebook page, to go with a new website. I have not been able to get with a friend, who has said that I can use her server for hosting. But you are invited to my new page at:

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. My Blogspot and Links to This Petition

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      I know that I have not been here for quite awhile. But I have been busy at this BlogSpot, linking it to this petition and trying to optimize it. I invite all of you to visit this blog and to connect with me there. Yes, I know that all of us are dealing with the current government shutdown and yes, many of our lawmakers are calling on cutting programs. But the budget situation will get straightened out. It's not that we don't have enough money, but that so much of it is being wasted in Washington. Hopefully, they will get their priorities straight and do what is best for us all. Meanwhile, studies show that autistic people, both children and adults, battle depression and suicidal thoughts proportionately more (as a group) than the general population. Might this not be because so many are being underserved or unserved? Please share this petition freely and widely! Use every social network that you have access to. Thank you. Your help is needed!

    4. Thank You, Supporters

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      I know that I have not been here for quite awhile, giving updates. I have been busy with others things, including optimizing my BlogSpot to link it to this petition in every way I can. I have "pretty links" to this petition in various places all over the BlogSpot, and plan to link it to other places in the BlogSpot. I invite each of you to check out that BlogSpot. Find it at:
      http://ldesherl.blogspot.com. Thank you. My best to each of you.

    5. Facebook Page For Easier Finding & Sharing of This Petition

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to each and every one of you who have signed this petition. The Change.org site is having issues with its "share" options. There is no longer the option to add this petition to your blogs or websites as a widget. I have created a Facebook page which is designed for easy finding AND sharing of this petition. Please help this petition keep gathering signatures! "Like" this page and the posted petition will stream into your Pages Feeds or in your Newsfeeds. Thank you for your ongoing support!


    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Now That This Petition Includes A Video, Please Share It Even More!

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      This embedded video, which I have added, includes a brief history of myself and my daughter, a summary of the need of adults with autism, and a few family photos, to drive home the need for this petition. At the end of this video is the word "Please Sign Petition" which is an embeddable link to this petition. So, even if you have signed this petition (thank you) or are outside the US, please share this petition even more widely. Thank you.

    8. **Important Milestone** 1000 Signatures!

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      We have a solid base of support with 1020 signatures. But this is only the beginning! Our next step now is to take this campaign to a new level. Most people in my network and very few people outside my network are aware of or have signed this petition. This petition needs to gain the attention of those with infuence or celebrity staus who can add their voices to this effort and encourage their fans and followers to sign this petition. So if you have access to such people via your social networks or even in "real life," pass this petition on to them, with my shortened link: http://tiny.cc/mrsahw. Tweet it, email it, share it via instant messaging, Skype, Facebook and any other venue and please use word of mouth. THank you for your support. <3

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. A Much Shorter URL for My Petition!

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to a certain service, I was able to get this petition's long URL shortened a lot! Therefore, this makes this petition much easier to share! So I ask each of you to please share it with your email contacts, through instant messaging, tweet it, and, among other things, don't forget word of mouth. Thank you all very much!

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. My New Website With This Petition As A Widget

      Lisa DeSherlia
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this new website with all those you know, for this petition is there as a widget so anyone can sign it there! Thx

    13. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jennifer mcomber DELTONA, FL
      • 11 days ago

      Family member has. Abuse needs to stop

    • Carla Glade CHATSWORTH, CA
      • 17 days ago

      I am the mother of an adult male autism. People with autism are victims of non disclosed information regarding vaccines they received. They should be completely restored in every way possible including financially.

      • 2 months ago

      I have autism myself and I want to help a lots of people who have autism.x

    • Samantha Bodwell ARLINGTON, VA
      • 3 months ago

      We Autistics deserve better lives, Autism is life long services for ALL!

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

      ― Mahatma Gandhi


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