Try something New!Submitted by KFSG Wealth Management, LLC on February 5th, 2016
April is an important month for me. First, it is Financial Literacy Month. Watch your email, our website and the KFSG Facebook page for some great pieces on financial planning and teaching your children the importance of managing and saving money.
Even more important to me; April is Autism Awareness Month. As many of you know, I have a 14-year-old son on the Autism spectrum. He is currently a residential student at a school for Autistic children in New England. The facility has a top-notch program that uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to work on skills around the clock in all settings. This consistency has proven quite effective with my son, who is non-verbal and highly frustrated by change and commotion. When I visited him last month, there was noticeable improvement in his behavior and increased self-sufficiency – and the staff members at the school and the house where he lives were supportive, positive and extremely dedicated to their students.
While it is painful to be so far away from him, I understand that he is getting the care he needs, acquiring daily living skills, and working at communicating via assistive technology. There have been such dramatic changes in him in just a few months, and I can only look forward to continued progress. If there were to be a cure someday, it would be the greatest moment of my life. To hear my son speak would be a miracle. It may not happen for him, but through ongoing research I know it will happen eventually.
The cost of education, care and research is staggering, and if we hadn't won the legal battle with his home school district for proper placement according to his needs and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), my son would have remained in a day-school placement, regressing with every transition between home and school, and not receiving the correct services, through which he is thriving.
World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2013
It was adopted by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness of Autism at all levels of society.
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful. An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.(Source: Autism Society)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B. (source:http://idea.ed.gov/)
Here are links to read more about Autism, and to donate to the Autism Society, if you feel so inclined: