Sad but true.My wife works with pre-schoolers with Autistic Spectrum
Disorders.Its a no win battle, and Utah just keeps ignoring and denying
that there is a problem at all.The State is far more concerned with
promoting, helping and assisting Businesses [ see today's DN article in
Business section.] than with promoting, helping and assisting "the
people".But what can we expect, when Republicans will argue that
Corporations ARE people.Perhaps Autistic children should hire a
Development or Billboard Lobbyist on their behalf.They seem to be the only
groups to get the Legislature's attention.I wonder why?....
I must echo Dr. England's concerns. Our son is now 16 years old. We tried
Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with him as a child and had some success with
it, but did not have the funds to do nearly what we needed and eventually
stopped when our debts from borrowing to pay for services became unmanageable.
We recognized at that time there were other states that provided necessary
services and considered trying to move to one of them, but nothing materialized.
No state is perfect, of course, including those that do provide these services.
Nevertheless, we are an example of a family that fell through the cracks. Our
son remains non-verbal, gets highly violent easily--perhaps because of an
ability to truly communicate--and has generally been a considerable drain on us
financially, physically, and emotionally for many years. I am looking forward
to the day that the State of Utah considers providing necessary services for
families of autistic children as important as any other, so that families like
ours will no longer have to suffer.
I'm guessing that anyone who reads my previous comment will understand, but
I intended to write, "inability to truly communicate" rather than
"ability". Spell-checkers don't pick that up!