Here's what the candidates have to say so far:
- Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Help Children And Families Affected By Autism
- Barack Obama's Plan for a Healthy America (scroll down for a section specifically focused on autism)
- John Edwards' Promise And Potential: A Plan For Autism
Some of the more prominent autism bloggers have already addressed the issues and analyzed candidates' platforms, and you may find their opinions interesting.
Michael Goldberg of the Autism Bulletin seems to favor Clinton.
Kristina Chew of AutismVox analyses the various options, and dozens of comments by readers may help you sort through your opinions.
Personally, I tend to believe that a platform on autism is only a platform - and that, whatever a candidate may say today, outside forces will play a huge role in formulating any plan. Furthermore, it seems to be the case that states - rather than the federal government - have a huge impact on the quantity and quality of services available to individuals and families living with autism.
All three of the top Democratic candidates give credible answers to questions posed by the AAPD, including questions about providing individuals with disabilities a voice in government; providing employment opportunities; building educational programs; and more. All seem to have plans to further research in search of treatments and potential cures for autism, too. Whether they will have the ability to implement even a tiny fraction of their plans, however, is really the point.
So... which candidate can actually win an election and move the nation (and states) toward a set of policies that provide for, educate, train and empower people with autism? Have your say!