“A federal judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to provide speech therapy and other care to an autistic boy in Clermont County who has gone without those services for more than four months.
“The judge stopped short, however, of a more sweeping order that the boy’s parents say is needed to get crucial, comprehensive care to their son and other autistic children across Ohio.
“The order by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett comes about two weeks after Holly and Robert Young sued the Ohio Department of Health, claiming the state has denied their 2-year-old son, Roman, the therapy he needs to one day become self-sufficient.
“The couple said state officials, through the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, refused for more than a year to provide the behavior modification therapy Roman needs. When they complained, the couple says, the state retaliated by halting all services to their son….”
Imagine the impact of this decision on other parents. I really like the line: “The Youngs say the state’s failure to provide the therapy to Roman and other autistic kids violates the constitution and several federal laws covering the care and treatment of people with disabilities.”
I hope this federal judge goes along with the request for more intense one-on-one therapy. Imagine the impact this would have on the state budget if lots of parents in the exact same situation demand this for their child. So is this a problem because we have therapy available that we didn’t have in the past and parents are demanding it or is it because we’ve never had disabled children like this?
I’m hoping a smart lawyer seeing this can tell us if this ruling goes beyond Ohio.
“Early detection of autism can make a world of difference in the treatment of kids with the mysterious brain disorder—and a simple five-minute screening test could help doctors spot it in babies as young as 12 months.”
How long are we going to be told that THE BEST AND ONLY THING WE CAN DO ABOUT AUTISM IS DIAGNOSIS IT?
I’m sick of seeing gorgeous, happy babies. This doesn’t show us the sick children. It’s a fraud. It’s a more conditioning to accept autism as inevitable part of childhood. I posted comments.