Another wonderful piece by Laura Schumaker from SF Gate, an autism blog through The San Francisco Chronicle. This highlights such a major gap in services of people with autism. So many doctors and specialists just don't have the training, nor the interest in taking the time involved to provide quality medical care to individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. If you are a parent or professional, I encourage you to visit yai.org/conference and check out the Premier HealthCare Training Institute's full-day workshop on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in New York City. The topic is "The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Translating an Emerging National Strategy in Health Care Delivery" and features experts in the field of developmental disabilities.
My 23 year old son Matthew, who has autism, needs a new doctor.
He's been under the care of a terrific pediatrician since he was two and needs to transition to adult medical care. I thought it would be best to choose a physician that had experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, and decided to ask a few about how much training they received about autism and other developmental disabilities in medical school.
"Zero!" answered three out of five.