Considering I’m not even an expert with balancing a checkbook, I wouldn’t even pretend to understand how state and national budgets work.
However, I find this interesting. According to the 2012 Fiscal Year Federal Budget, President Obama proposes to make enormous increases in funding programs for the disabled. Calling it “Winning the Future for People with Disabilities,” the budget (which you can read here) will:
After writing about California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget cuts that could completely destroy services provided through regional centers throughout the state, I was taken to task — accused of putting children with autism above adults and other potentially-debilitating disabilities.
To that, I say that my post had nothing to do with disability as a whole. In fact, I agree that those who qualify should receive assistance when their disability prevents them from being able to function enough to provide for or care for themselves and/or their families. But I am only one person and a war cannot be won by fighting every battle at the same time. Considering what’s on the table to be cut, this battle is urgent and I will not apologize for standing on the front lines for my family and other families on a similar journey. Here are some important facts to consider…
It wasn’t too long ago that I began to openly blog about our family’s autism. In my post, The Autism Secret, I wrote about how we first came to experience the disorder and how early intervention was the most significant step we’ve taken on our journey so far. I don’t even have words for what our entire family has gained from the critical resources we’ve received through the North LA Country Regional Center; a private, non-profit organization providing services and support to persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
From 20 months until he turned three, Jacob attended weekly speech and occupational therapy, along with a parent/child social group. We had no idea at the time there would eventually be an autism diagnosis, we just knew our child needed extra help. When we started, Jacob had an extremely difficult time communicating. His speech was limited, he struggled to transition from one activity to another and spent most of his time avoiding eye contact, withdrawing from other people, opting to play with cars and work on puzzles independently.