Did you know that approximately 1 in 88 children have autism? The rate is even higher in boys, about 1 in 54.
So chances are you know someone who has autism or is directly involved with someone with autism.
And if not, then you do now:
For those of you who do not know, our son Noah was recently diagnosed with autism. His symptoms are relatively mild and we expect him to be high functioning. Noah is such a joy to us and we believe God has a purpose and plan for him and our family. We value your love, support, and prayers!
We have learned a lot since we began our autism journey with Noah. Here are few things we have learned:
Autism is a "neurodevelopmental" disorder, which affects how information is processed in the brain. It is a "spectrum disorder" meaning it affects each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe.
Early identification and early intervention are key because certain developmental skills must be learned during critical periods of brain development.
There is no "cure" for autism but advances in treatment continue to be made. One therapy that has been shown to be effective for many children with autism is applied behavioral analysis (ABA). ABA is considered an evidence-based "best" practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. "Evidence based" means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness. ABA is an ordered, sequenced approach to learning that can be measured and quantified. It is based on the science of understanding the laws by which environmental events influence and change behavior.
Unfortunately, autism is not covered by insurance in North Carolina and in 17 other states and therapies for autism are very expensive ($25,000-$75,000 /year).
Despite the expense we are committed to making this happen for Noah because we know it can change his life. Please consider helping us fund this life changing therapy.
Want to do more...
Contact your elected officials and ask them to support legislation for insurance for autism. Tell them we want autism insurance coverage in all health plans in all 50 states. SC and VA have both passed laws requiring insurance coverage for autism. Geography shouldn't determine whether a person with autism has access to the therapy they need. Help every child with autism reach his or her fullest potential!
Want to learn more about autism? Check out www.autismspeaks.org
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