This week, as I was watching the news, I watched a story about a family whose son was diagnosed with Autism. The child’s name is Andy and the report was focused on the lack of funding for families that are dealing with Autism. I think this was a very important story to educate people that are unaware of the disorder as well as the lack of funding. I currently work for the Autism Resource Center in Regina, and I work with a client weekly. Most people that do receive funding and programming, are only allotted 3 hours a week. The more time someone is exposed to programming, the more success they will have (in my opinion), and I don’t think 3 hours is nearly enough.
One of the most important things mentioned in the story was that early intervention is key. Because of the lack of funding, Andy’s parents are racking up copious amount of debt to give Andy an opportunity for skill building. I am floored that our government is not doing more to help people with Autism as well as their families.
If research shows that early intervention is key, then I believe the government should be putting more funding towards programming and allow families to receive funding for additional resources such as programming and respite.