I wanted to share a video. It’s of Brian Calley, the new lieutenant governor of Michigan talking about his daughter, Reagan, who has autism and about autism insurance reform here in Michigan. Like many other states, insurers in Michigan are not required to pay for autism treatments. Therefore, they don’t. Many families, like ours, can simply not afford these treatments. I applaud Mr. Calley for speaking out and making this his personal mission.
In the video, Mr. Calley talks about being embarrassed. He is not embarrassed of his daughter, he explains, but embarrassed to ask for help in raising her. I think that we, as parents of special needs kids, have all had that feeling. We must admit, at some point, that we just don’t know what to do. We should be able to supply all our children need, right? Not in the case of special needs. We need help, and we need to seek it out. It just needs to be more accessible.
I can’t end this post without mentioning that Reagan Calley is in Roman’s class at school and she is just the absolute cutest thing ever.
PLEASE, everyone, autism insurance reform affects us all. Call your senator on MONDAY November 29th and tell them to vote for the Autism Insurance Reform bill on TUESDAY November 30. See the comment below by Ann for more information.