BEACH BUDDIES!

Barnacles, giant rocks, tide pools and huge spans of sand…what more is needed for some fun times?!  Maybe some food, drink and a change of clothes – we had that too.  A great day.

And man, their butts slept that night!

BECAUSE MY BOO WILL BE 18 SOMEDAY!!!

Who knows what support he will need at that time, but this worries Mama’s butt to no end (pun intended – I like puns).  I’m trying to divide my focus between the needs of today and the possible needs of…omg, Papi is going to be a man someday!

He may be a rocket scientist or the next Jacques Cousteau by then, but if he still needs support, it should be there!

Click on the link below to read AFAM’s take on what should be done for adults with ASD…

I love AFAM.

http://afamaction.org/adult.html

Massachusetts Autism Services in Jeopardy!

Please take a moment to read this and HELP!  This is why so many families are in debt trying to give their children the intensive services that their MEDICAL CONDITION REQUIRES!!!

This makes me SO ANGRY!  These babies need CARE!  Just give it to them!

Dear Massachusetts Autism Advocate:

With the stamp of his veto this past week, Governor Deval Patrick has once again told low-income children with Autism Spectrum Disorders that they would not be able to receive the intensive home-based services (including ABA and Floor Time) provided under the Autism Waiver program.  Governor Patrick cut $1 million in funding from this critical program, even though our children are already underserved by this program!  During the initial eleven day enrollment period in November 2007 the families of more than 1,100 Massachusetts children with ASD applied for just 80 slots available under the Waiver.   Hundreds of low-income children continue to languish on the waiting list! 

It is time speak on behalf of low-income children with ASD living in Massachusetts!

Our state legislature recognized the critical need for funding of this program and budgeted $4 million for Fiscal Year 2009.  This would double the number of available slots in the program to 160!!  

Governor Patrick needs to be aware that this already underserved population simply cannot afford to be shortchanged againEvery child with autism deserves the opportunity to have appropriate intensive intervention.  Their future quality of life depends on it.

How Can YOU Help?

1. Immediately CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR at 617-722-2000 and urge them to support an override of Governor Patrick’s veto of $1 million in funding for the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver (Line Item 5920-3010). If you are not sure who your representative and senator are you can find out at www.wheredoIvotema.com.

2. CALL Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi at 617-722-2500 and Senate President Therese Murray at 617-722- 1500 and ask them to support an override of Governor Patrick’s veto of $1 million in funding for the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver (Line Item 5920-3010).

3. Forward this email to everyone you know and ask them to MAKE THE CALL too!!

The override CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED, but we all have to get on the phones to our legislators immediately.  Today is the day that you can truly make a difference for a child with ASD.