Those who are part of the Autism community in the state of Alabama are probably aware of HB 284, a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover Autism therapies for children in this state. The bill, if it passes the Alabama House of Representatives, would bring Alabama up to par with 45 other states that require health insurance companies to include Autism therapies for children on the spectrum.
I must confess that I do not have a strong opinion on the matter as I have not done a lot of research on the subject. Also, as an adult on the Autism Spectrum, if I read the stipulations of the bill correctly, the bill would not do a whole lot for me and other adults on the spectrum. This is too bad because many of these therapies can help adults with not only Low Functioning people with Autism, but also people with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome become more independent through social skills and job skills training.
For those with young children, this bill would be good news if it passes. This means that early detection of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially if caught before the child enters 1st grade, can help that person get a head start on possibilities such as being mainstreamed into regular classes in school sooner, having the ability to attend a technical school or college and, more importantly, having a skill set that allows them to be more ready for the workforce at a younger age.
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