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Curing this condition and its symptomsEdit
A cure for autism will be found through putting nanorobotics inside the handicapped person's brain to eliminate the DNA errors that cause autism. This cure will be affordable and used widespread by around the year 2023. Removing the autism particles from the brain will be as easy as removing a restrictor plate from a stock car. Regardless of age or the severity of the autism, there will be an 99.999% success rate with the autism cure. The "formerly autistic" people will be able to go to loud nightclubs and sports arenas and their social life will no longer suffer.
In addition to curing the autism, it will also cure the symptoms of autism (sensitivity to heat and cold, the occasional picky eating, the slight fear of body contact greetings, make the person realize that a completely structured routine is useless, and anxiety). Even though it will remove the fresh thinking that makes them revolutionary people, these people will be marketable and employable. However, some talents related to the "savant" aspects of the individual's autism could disappear once the cure is administered. The remaning aspects of the "savant" will be hardcoded and be accesible even when the person is no longer autistic.
A prototype autism cure will appear around the year 2016. However, this "dangerous" cure has a 50% chance of killing the autistic person taking the cure and cost over 9000 Euro on the black market. The "safe cure" will come in the year 2023 after the scientists and doctors have had a chance to perfect the process. Threats to make it illegal forces non-profit organizations to boost funding for the safety of the autism cure. In the end, nearly all of the world's autistic population will be successfully cured and integrated into a healthy independent lifestyle. Never again would they need a legal guardian or a disability pension to avoid ending up in a group home, hospital, or institution. Some of the factors of autism were also non-genetic; childhood vaccines in addition to junk food and cable television were to blame from time to time.
Life after autismEdit
Adults who have been cured of their autism will be able to learn how to do things easily and more well that other people thought it was hard for them to do. They will be able easily cook their own meals and learn them faster, work with other adults in a more social way, and other useful or not useful things. The "formerly autistic people" will spend more time with their friends and less time with their family. Their parents will accept this without the ever-constant threat of sending their former dependents to a group home. Once the autistic adult is cured of his or her autism, all of this could be taught to the formerly autistic adult at the same pace as a normal person (like if he or she was never autistic in the first place), whether is makes it slower or faster.
Governments will have to adapt to this massive demographic change (there are 70,000 autistic children and 880,000 autistic adults in the Canadian province of Ontario alone) and provide free re-educational programs to help the "formerly autistic" adjust to society's expectations for them. Many high-functioning and low-functioning autistic people will have an average wait of between 1-18 more years from their moment of birth for them to be around when the cure for autism is completely developed. Their expectations will be proven wrong by the power of governmental agents to get the "formerly handicapped" started on their transition from government cheques to employment pay stubs.
To make a long story short: Nanobots inserted inside the mind of autistic people will allow every one of them to have total independence by the year 2023.
The fate of group homesEdit
Group homes will eventually become obsolete like the mental hospitals they have replaced during the 1970s; those places were like concentration camps for low-functioning autistic people combining elements of the Apartheid of South Africa and the Holocaust of the World War Two era. People in group homes were isolated and marginalized from the general population. Government propaganda laced in their special education classes and through social workers have discouraged them from getting married and becoming parents in the past; forcing them to rely on parents or the group home for support. Low-functioning autistic adults were sexually assualted in group home settings (and/or killed in the aftermath of the abuse). Many people feared that mutant babies were secretly born from these severely retarded "mothers" and sent to "foster homes" in Switzerland for scientific analysis.
After being cured of severe autism, government-formed organizations will develop a mandate to help those people who used to be severely autistic to find independent housing (after years and even decades of being locked up in a "house"), employment (as they will automatically be cut off from their disability pension), and counselling (for those who were sexually abused in group homes). Eventually, the government will force the group homes to be cleared of their "formerly autistic" residents through the rule of progressive law. If society goes post-capitalist and re-introduce free education for all, then the formerly autistic people would be top priority for post-secondary education; particulary for training in nanotechnology.
Some of the formerly autistic people who gain enough financial leverage after being cured will "buy out" the group homes from the owners and run them like a regular place of residence. This is similar to a group of employees winning the lottery and buying their workplace from their employer. These people will be the first to capitalize on a resurgent North American economy and will yank financial power away from the giants in China, South Africa, Kenya, and Central Europe by the year 2020.