By Jesse Morris, whose is featured in our new campaign video "1 in 88 Can't Wait." Watch Jesse in our video and then read his blog about why, as a sibling, this year's election is important to him.
I’m not personally autistic, but I’ve been living with autism my entire life. I was born as one in a set of quadruplets and my brother Paul has autism. We’re currently 25 years old and things are starting to change. As we trek further into adulthood, the questions surrounding Paul’s future carry more weight each and every day.
Where will he live? Can he work? Will he have an opportunity to support himself? What about insurance and government assistance? What will happen when my parents can’t take care of him anymore?
All of these questions are pertinent to the election at hand. The future of those with autism and the help they will receive is a complete mystery. 1 in every 88 falls on the autism spectrum. These staggering numbers bring me to think about my brother and those like him. I think about their futures. I think about their opportunities.
It’s time to listen. It’s time to act. It’s time to pay attention to the crisis that autism represents in the United States. It’s time for our country’s leadership to make autism a worthy line item to receive additional resources and attention. It’s time to think about a country that has an opportunity to support and positively affect the lives of the millions of families who live with autism.
I look forward to being a part of this change. I look forward to helping my brother live the life he wants and deserves. But I can’t do it alone. We need our leaders to feel it and act on it with us.