March 12, 2009

Cali’s Political B-Slap Towards Autism

If I wasn’t in a constant state of “guarding my thoughts carefully, and only allowing loving & positive thoughts to come through”, I would have something slightly unpleasant to say about the state that is listed on my birth certificate.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that insurance companies in California would have to pay for speech, occupational, and physical therapies.

Okay.  That’s the good news, and I applaud California.  But they dropped the ball on behavioral therapy.

Sorry, folks, but we want it all because our children deserve that much.  Additionally, these therapies are not cheap, and with the current state of the economy, a lot of families are not just struggling to make ends meet.  They’re struggling to get the necessary therapies so their child(ren) can live a better life.

It’s like giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Your child can be taught to talk, but few will listen if he doesn’t know how to make eye contact.

My thoughts exactly.

State law says insurers must cover mental and behavior disorders the same way they cover other medical conditions. So a depressed teenager can get a psychologist’s ear, and a kid who smokes pot gets rehab treatment — and that is as it should be.

But an autistic child doesn’t merit a professional’s help to learn how to share a crayon or ask a classmate for a play date? That doesn’t seem fair to me. Or to their families.

Oh!  That’s a good argument!  Well said, Ms. Banks!

For a state that is touted as one of the nation’s best when it comes to its autism community, this bit of news is a shock, to say the least.

I do hope California revisits this decision, and that they do so soon.  Every moment wasted is a moment too many.

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