This is really scary to me as I am am also a parent of an autistic child. I am surprised at the level of indifference you mention in the article, but maybe I shouldn’t be. If we can institutionalize and brutalize persons from any group, why not those labeled with disabilities? Unfortunately, I believe parents are indoctrinated by disability groups to view their children as “defective” and a problem to be solved and cured. These non-profits also sell the public on the idea that autism is a terrible disease in order to raise money to line the pockets of the leadership of these organizations. The money never makes it’s way to actual people. Meanwhile families struggle to provide the opportunities for their children because of lack of finances. Public agencies that are responsible legally to provide services are spending millions on housing – giving money to these greedy institutions instead of investing the money on helping families and the individuals themselves to live independently which I believe would be cheaper in the long run. My family has been turned away from resources by government agencies claiming there is no money in the budget which is a lie. I wish to point out that autism is seen far too often by society as a deficit rather than a positive. We need to detach the word disorder from autism. I wish we could figure out how to make people less indifferent to the suffering of others but I’m afraid that these days society has become numb to it – accepting that this is just the way things are instead of questioning if its right or wrong. As the case with hospitalizations in general, people justify it by saying there is nowhere else to place a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Persons are judged on the basis of any behavior deemed outside what is “normal” by societies standards.