Read that title and tell me what it means to you. (Backstory: it was a link off the front page of the Navy Times.)
My guess: that some naval pilot, afflicted with autism (is afflicted the proper term?) got extended somewhere. Like the USS Ronald Reagan. I say, kudos to the airdale. Landing on carriers and being autistic. That is overcoming some odds. But no. The real story:
The Pentagon announced Tuesday it is extending a pilot program that provides autism treatment to the children of service members.
Tricare Management Activity will extend the Enhanced Access to Autism Services demonstration program through March 2014, according to a news release.
The initiative allows beneficiaries — qualifying offspring of active-duty personnel — to receive 10 hours a week of applied behavioral analysis, or ABA, a treatment that helps autistic youngsters learn new skills and improve communications.
The program continuation is good news for the families of the estimated 20,000 autistic military children.
Not as flashy. But still. I’m not making fun of autistic folks by worrying about them landing on carriers. Hell, I couldn’t myself. They call it a controlled crash landing. I call it unbelievable skill meeting sheer bravery.