This might be the most important post I ever write.
A lot of people have heard statistics like 1 in 100 children in the U.S. has Autism, or even scarier: 1 in 70 boys. Unless your life is personally affected by Autism, these might just be numbers. But to those of us living each day with the disorder, these numbers are frightening, especially because they keep moving in the wrong direction. Do you have kids? Are you pregnant? Are you planning on having kids? This could just as easily happen to you.
1 in 100 babies
1 in 70 boys
Yes, those numbers are a big attention getter and seem pretty crazy. Wanna hear something even crazier??
Children with Autism in Michigan are denied insurance coverage. Insurance companies in Michigan DO NOT cover diagnosis, treatment or any services related to Autism
This means that many, many families who cannot afford the very expensive out-of-pocket expenses for therapies are forced to go without therapies for their children. They are left feeling helpless and hopeless.
If you're reading this on or before Tuesday November 30, 2010, you can make a difference in the lives of 15,000 children and their families with a simple phone call.
There are many dedicated people who have been fighting to push through legislation mandating Autism Insurance Reform in the state of Michigan. It is all coming down to Tuesday's vote.
|Please take a moment or two to contact one of these senators|
Let them know you support Autism Insurance Reform and ask them to do the same.
We parents of kids with Autism need your help. We can't do this alone, but we can do this together.
I first saw this video on The Autism Mom's blog, and I felt compelled to share it all of you. Michigan's own Lieutenant Governor Elect, Brian Calley speaks about why he supported this bill even before he learned that his own little girl has Autism.