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|Sun, 09-07-2003 - 1:12pm|
Time is of the essence!
Let's kill S1248 in it's tracks and protect the future of our kids. It looks like we lose services with this one folks. Phone calls are even better! Tell your personal stories!
Here is a sample of a personalized letter I wrote as well as filling out the auto-form:
I will try to keep this brief, but the road we have traveled has been long. Madison is my 5 year old daughter. She was diagnosed last April with autism. She's a highly intelligent child who could count to twenty and knew the phonetics of her ABC's at the age of two, but her brain has a few glitches in communication and perception. She can't speak very well, it's painful for her to look people in the eyes and she doesn't understand the social world around her. With the current program in the school district, we were promptly set up with an IEP which we, as her family, were allowed to partake. Madison received services for a short time before school ended for the summer and her abilities blossomed. Madison's expressive language exploded. Madison talks in sentences now. Miracles come in the most unassuming packages. From what I understand, S1248 endangers some of the short term benchmarks of these children. These children measure success in babysteps. There is very little room to gamble on children who's very future or success rely solely on short term goals. Madison receiving these type of short benchmark evaluations and other services will mean the difference between her growing up to be a fully independent member of society OR one who is dependent on society. If Madison gets the proper help she needs now, she will appear to be like any other abled American adult in the future. Financially, that's just smart and individually, it's simply the right thing to do.