We are a Company that provides in-home, research-based Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for children with autism and their families here in Southern Nevada. We here at Applied Behavior Analysis Institute have historically worked with underserved, low income Families.
In 1987 Ivar Lovaas, a researcher at UCLA, published a study in which he reported that he administered a treatment package to children with autism that resulted in a 47% recovery rate (https://www.beca-aba.com/articles-and-forms/lovaas-1987.pdf
). We at ABAI strive to replicate that work in the homes and communities of the children we serve. Because we often work with low income families many of those families struggle to meet expenses associated with treatment that their insurance does not cover. For example, language delay is a defining characteristic of autism. Often clinicians, such as ourselves, use language building cards to help children develop functional language skills. Those cards range in price from about $25.00 - $175 (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=language+builder+cards&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
); children often need many sets of cards such as nouns, opposites, community helpers, and the like. In addition, some families have difficulty paying their insurance copay. Therapy often occurs daily and some of our patients’ families have difficulty paying those copays. Many families opt for less hours of treatment specifically because they can’t afford the copay. Last, many children attend schools where their Individualized Educational Programs are not being administered and/or implemented according to the law which results in lower quality education than they are entitled to. In these instances, a knowledgeable clinician can meet with school faculty to insure the child’s rights are not being violated. Often families cannot afford to pay the clinician for those advocacy services and must settle for a substandard education for their children because they are not familiar with special education laws and their rights as parents.
Funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase materials, assist with copays, and provide IEP advocacy for low income families.