In each of our meetings, we discuss a little bit about advocacy, a little bit of politics, and we share a few stories.
What I took away from our last meeting is that therapies and support for our children diagnosed with autism shouldn’t be a political battle. Every parent wants what is best for their child and their family. Whether that’s developmental therapies or ABA, it should be the parents choice. Instead it seems we’re being pushed into ABA. The government gives them the most funding, as well as usually only discussing the ABA method when talking about autism therapies.
Once you get into the school system, private therapists often aren’t welcome to help your child. If the school system only wants you to use their therapists, then they need to ensure they get the funding to hire more therapists to deal with their ever increasing work load. If the school system is just playing a bureaucracy game, they need to sit back and think about who is being hurt by keeping these therapists out.
Our group definitely advocates for developmental therapies. That’s what we feel is best for our children. We don’t want to take away ABA from other families, we just want the same opportunities for our children if we go with a different therapy. A popular quote within the autism community is “If you’ve seen one child with autism, you’ve seen one child with autism.” Nobody can possibly expect one therapy to fit all of the children.
This should not be a political battle. This should be a right that all children have access to the services and therapies that they require so that the children can reach their full potential.