This month is Autism Awareness Month. Experts believe approximately 80% of autistics also have sensory issues. In honor of those children and adults, I am asking you to sign a very simple petition.
Personally, we’ve seen the cost of having a child who needs occupational therapy. A child with Autism requires so much more medical support and therapy that it can literally drain a family’s finances. According to the Autism Society, the cost of Autism over a lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person; however, that cost can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
But here’s the hitch. Many insurance companies don’t want to pay for additional services these children need. Just this week, a federal court struck down Blue Cross of Michigan’s denial of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with Autism. (Click Here for More Information.)
What can you do? Sign a petition created by Autism Speaks asking President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism. To sign the petition, click here.
Other ways you can participate this month:
- Light Your House Up Blue: Purchase special Autism Speaks blue light bulbs from your local Home Depot, beginning March 1.Blue LED lanterns can be purchased at Coleman.com beginning March 15, and blue CFL bulbs from TCPI will be in most local Wal-Mart stores.
- Wear Blue to Work Day: Wear blue clothing and ask your co-workers to wear blue too. Consider asking your colleagues to donate $5 to Autism Speaks.
- Reach out to Elected Officials: Engage your local and state government on April 2nd by asking them proclaim April 2nd as Autism Awareness Day in your community. Sample proclamation is provided.
- Light It Up Blue Online: Help us raise awareness about autism by spreading the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog or website.
- Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism (thesensoryspectrumblog.com)