Autism Awareness month is in the books. The blue lightbulbs are getting switched out for soft white, and the puzzle-pin car magnets will be a bit less prevalent.
And families of kids with autism and related disorders will continue to struggle to pay for much-needed services.
Lots of people are now aware of the scary numbers… the 1-in-88 odds of an autism diagnosis. But do they know exactly how much families on the spectrum have to pay for services like speech or OT? Or that even top-of-the-line private insurance rarely deigns to pick up the tab?
Singer Shawn Stockman understands – one of his sons has autism.
“We learned through our journey with Micah just how fortunate we were, having money,” he said. “There’s no way a normal couple or a single mom could afford this,” Stockman said.
Stockman and his wife are starting a new charity – named for his son – to help families deal with the economic issues associated with an autism diagnosis.
Part III of GCTV’s ongoing series on autism awareness. This video focuses on basic information about autism and autism spectrum disorders, potential causes, different options for therapy, and a discussion of the economy and its impact on all of the above.
Dr. Mariannne Barton, University of Connecticut
Dr. Robert Nolfo, Guilford Pediatrics
Sara Reed, ASCONN
Michelle Guerra, Parent
Video hosted and produced by Tony Fappiano, directed by Donald Baecher for Guilford Community Television.