Help Children Right Where You Live

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April is Autism Awareness Month.  Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, autism is a growing diagnosis.  And it’s not just growing in the US, but in many countries.  The main cause is still unknown and a cure is even farther away.  With more than one in 150 births in the US resulting in a diagnosis of autism, it is time to take action.  If children are diagnosed at an early age (3 or under), they stand a good chance of receiving the therapy they need to go to public schools with children their own age.  This is not true in all cases – in this instance and those diagnosed later in life, the costs can be exorbitant.

In the majority of the United States, autism is not a medical diagnosis, but an educational diagnosis.  The school districts must pay for the treatment in many cases – and their resources are quickly depleted from other needs.  These children need our help, our protection, and a chance to realize their potential.  They need legislation for the states to help and for insurance companies to cover the therapies these children need.

If you’re a blogger, please consider passing this message on.  If you’re a reader OR a blogger, consider helping out.  Pass the message on, volunteer at a children’s facility or even look at donating.  Many facilities love gifts of all kinds – whether monetary or not.  You’ll be doing a good thing for children and for the hearts of parents who have children with autism.  If you’re local to Sioux Falls, I’d love for you to be a part of my organization’s event on April 18.  For everyone else, just Google for various events that will be done throughout April. And participate.

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2 Responses

  1. This is a great message and does underscore the need to provide services to families of children with autism. Many states, such as MN, NE, and Colorado already have legislation in place to provide assistance to families.

  2. As a service provider for children with autism, it is so frustrating to see parents and families seek out the services their children need, but due to state legislatures and funding sources be unable to obtain the services needed. It is hopeful, as a few states are starting to get the bigger picture and earmark funding. However, with the rate of autism steadily increasing, we need to pick up the pace and more states need to allocate funding for children with autism.

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