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Climbing the ladder of Autism

Organized by: jennifer s

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THE STORY:

When my beautiful babygirl was 2 1/2 we enrolled her in the local birth to 3 because we noticed she was very far behind other kids her age. Right before her 3rd birthday since she would be graduating out of birth to 3 we had an IEP meeting set up with the local elementary school. Through their evaluations we discovered that she had Autism Spectrum Disorder. My whole world changed that moment. (My mother had previously passed away unexpectedly just a few months before and that literally just left my small family with just ourselves) After going through a bit of depression, I wanted my baby to have the best life she could possibly have so I got busy. We got her medical diagnosis (Autism Spectrum Disorder and childhood dysprexia /aprexia) got her special help and got her outside therapy twice a week. Our troubles are with the fact that in order to get my daughter the insurance and help she needed I had to go from working 80 hrs every paycheck to 8. And for 3-4 months we were told we made too much money to get her help but the matter was we didn't even make enough for rent and utilities. Our bank accounts quickly went into the negative (by a few hundred dollars) and it was a constant struggle. We(my husband and I) would go with eating to make sure she had diapers, food and hygiene products. Praise the Lord she is finally getting help but we are so far behind on our bills, our whole income tax return went to back due rent and paid it up until April 2016. I would just love to be able to afford to get out of debt, put some money into my daughters therapies account (insurance only pays for 35 therapy visits) and buy groceries.

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