Big Brother Is Watching
Are they targeting terrorists?
Gun-toting street gangs?
Pedophiles and other sex offenders?
Well, actually, when a surveillance law is passed in today's America, it's quite likely to target the autistic minority population. Under the ambit of "disease control" agencies, mandatory state registries are collecting data on autistics.
Here's an excerpt from Delaware's autism surveillance law (16 Delaware Code Annotated, section 221).
The intent of the General Assembly is to establish and maintain an autism surveillance system and registry for the State.
Responsibility for establishing and maintaining the system and registry is delegated to the Department of Health and Social Services, along with the authority to exercise certain powers to implement the system and registry. To ensure an accurate and continuing source of data concerning autism, the General Assembly by this subchapter requires certain health care practitioners and all hospitals and clinical laboratories to make available to the Department of Health and Social Services information contained in the medical records of patients who have a suspected or confirmed autism diagnosis.
Note the use of the word "suspected." When that word is used, it means that even if you don't have an official diagnosis, you're still not safe. If your family physician, your counselor, or any other informant decides that you look autistic—you could be a surveillance target. Delaware even requires dentists to report autistic patients (the state is collecting data only on children at present, but that could change at any time).
Parents, beware: if you take your child for a diagnostic evaluation so that you can get school services, and the psychologist notices that the child inherited some of his or her autistic traits from you (as is often the case), your name could end up in a government database too.