What I Want To See In Any Candidate’s Autism Plan

9 01 2008

So far I’ve only found an Autism Plan from the Clinton camp. It’s pretty vague… Good points but no real punch.

While health insurance is important for all of us– whether dealing with Autism or not– the policies we have available to us don’t cover the extras we need to help our kids over the proverbial Autism hump– speech therapy, occupational therapy, special foods, fences and other safety devices, trampolines… While there are programs and grants too many of us fall above the financial cut off line yet can’t afford these extras on our own. The middle class is as touched by Autism as the rest of the economic groups but we are shut out.

A year or so ago we tried to get our son on SSI. We tried to get a subsidised or free summer camp program. We talked to Social Services, the Board of Education and even the United Way– nothing. We make too much but not enough.

I want to see an Autism Plan that includes the extras with a reasonable financial cut off to qualify. People who can’t walk can get wheel chairs from their insurance companies– why can’t people who can’t talk get speech therapy?

While the idea of all of America getting a plan comparable to that of the US Senate without the salaries they receive we still can’t do what our children need.

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