In 2008, The United Nations designated April 2, as World Autism Awareness Day to raise awareness about the need to support those dealing with autism. Flash forward to today, April 2, 2013, and you will see people across the globe “light it up blue” to raise awareness on how many individuals and families are affected by autism. There are 7,000 landmarks and buildings, 90 countries, 750 cities, and 7 continents. What a way to raise awareness!!
Why is Voices for Children concerned? There are children and families right here in our community who are affected by autism and do not have the means to access the treatment their children need to succeed. However, Senator Coash has given hope to families this legislative session by introducing LB 505, a bill to help support these children and families gain insurance coverage to access the necessary services without having to pay out of pocket. Voices for Children testified in support of LB 505 along with many other individuals and organizations. In fact, there was no opposition at the February hearing and insurance companies weighed in with a neutral letter.
This bill is still in the referral stage of legislation – meaning it’s waiting to be advanced to the full legislature for debate. Today is a great day to voice your support by contacting your state senator.