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Imagine your child was visually impaired and the right corrective lenses would allow him to see all the colors of a summertime rainbow. Now imagine your child is denied the proper corrective lenses so he forever remains in darkness.

Imagine your child was hearing impaired and a board certified otolaryngologists recommends a cochlear implant which would allow her to hear the birds sing and the sound of her mother’s voice for the very first time. Now imagine, your medical insurance won't cover the cost of the implant, and you don't have the means to pay for the surgery yourself, so your child remains in a world filled with silence.

Imagine your child could not speak, could not communicate and was unable to verbalize when he is hungry, scared or sad, and that he is trapped inside his own world, desperately trying to reach you, and if provided with an evidenced based, scientifically proven therapy, your child could communicate his basic needs and finally reach you in a way he has always wanted. Now imagine your child is denied that therapy by your state’s Medical Assistance Program even though a law has been enacted to provide the very same therapy your child needs to open up his world. A therapy that will enable your child to grow, thrive and progress in ways you once deemed impossible.

Many children in Pennsylvania who are visually impaired get eyeglasses so they can see. Many children in Pennsylvania who are hearing impaired get hearing aids or cochlear implants so they can hear. Most children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Pennsylvania do not get Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy so they can communicate, learn, and become more independent even though a law was enacted in Pennsylvania in 2008 to provide these children with the exact therapy they are continually denied.

Imagineparents, industry professionals, and lawmakers dedicated to change the future for all children in Pennsylvania with Autism Spectrum Disorder by ensuring access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy via the State’s Medical Assistance program.

The ABA in PA Initiative aims to bring the autism community together as one united voice to urge Pennsylvania and private sector to listen to our concerns and take immediate action to address the service gap for ABA. It is our firm belief that, working together, we can assure that our children get the care they need, when they need it!

 

For a child with autism, advocacy is not a choice.

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