Yesterday on the airplane, I found myself seated next to a woman who was reading proposal from the state of California about autism services. I asked her about it and told her that two of my three sons have autism. We spoke for a while. She was serving a state board that was reviewing autism services. California law says that people with autism have a right to services, and she was involved in writing recommendations for ensuring that minority communities are able to access their services.
For lower-income parents things like getting time off work and getting to appointments via public transit are major obstacles. I commented on how financially fortunate I am. I pay a caregiver to transport my children to appointments, and I don't have problems leaving my office for a couple of hours to go to school meetings or meet with the psychiatrist and neurologist. Most people can't do that. I pay caregiver more than lots of people make.
I asked her about rates of diagnosis among minority communities. I wondered if they are diagnosed at a lower rate. She said that they are diagnosed at the same rate, but they tend to be diagnosed later. Where a middle-class child would be diagnosed at 3, a lower-income child won't be diagnosed until 4 1/2.
Let another way in which it is good to be a high-income white male.