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    Posted October 3, 2013 by
    St. Louis, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Shutdown over: What next?

    Government Shutdown=Autism Services Shutdown

    My name is Kia McClain. My husband and I work hard for all we have. I am a business owner, my husband works for an international technology company. We have two special needs children. Our oldest daughter was receiving services from the Dept of Mental Health for ABA therapy and more. Last week her ABA therapist called saying her appointment was cancelled citing "funding problems", this week after the government shut down she no-showed our appt. Apparently autism services, are "nonessential".

    We are simply trying to help our daughter get the skills she needs to have a somewhat independent life as an adult. We want her to learn as much as possible. Autism services are not easy to come by, especially ABA therapy. Waiting lists are RIDICULOUS, as in you could wait YEARS for your child to get the services they need. All autism research has stopped, all autism related government programs that were CREATED to ensure autistic children and adults receive the services they deserve has been stopped. The insurance companies don't want to pay and now the government doesn't want to pay either. It is time to start voting the idiots that have caused this mess out of Washington. How many more kids have to go untreated because they are "nonessential"? There are even children with CANCER who have basically been told screw you by the Republicans. We don't care if you don't get what you need because we are not getting what we want.
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