Provide Financial Assistance to Michigan Parents of Children with ASD

Provide Financial Assistance to Michigan Parents of Children with ASD

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Cassandra Chaffin started this petition to Michigan State House and

  As a parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder things are not always easy. Our kids require special therapies such as ABA, occupational, speech and physical where there is no transportation available to get them to and from. Our kids are special but not always easy to deal with. Their coping skills are different they can’t always do the same day to day things that other kids their age can do. 

   For these reasons finding someone to watch our kids that we can trust to handle the meltdowns with patience and keep our kids safe is near impossible. You cannot just leave a child with ASD at a regular daycare. Many parents try but because of the meltdowns and some aggressive behavior they get kicked out leaving parents with no choice. So many parents with children on the spectrum are living on a single income because we are forced to choose between working and being financially stable or making sure our children get the therapies and are being taken care of the way they need.

   There isn’t any help financially in Michigan like other states have. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with ASD so that’s 1 in 54 households wondering how they are going to pay their bills and help their kids progress in life at the same time. Families with ASD members find themselves on a one income support due to the fact that one of the parents need to stay at home to fully support the needs of their ASD member. This petition request to the state and federal government to incorporate a supplemental income to ASD families to continue to support the needs (list of needs, food, technology devices, therapy, transportation and daily living expenses) of the ASD community. Please consider the addition of monthly supplemental income to our ASD families. Please help us make a change.  Help us get help financially to take care of our children with ASD the same as people can with their neurotypical children.  

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