Texas State House: Continue Funding The DARS Autism Program In Texas

I am writing to express my grave concern that legislators in Texas are currently considering decreasing or totally defunding the DARS Autism Program.  ABA Therapy is a medically-necessary treatment for children with autism and it has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Moreover, several studies have shown that early and intensive ABA therapy is cost effective in the long run, saving tax payers millions of dollars.

As a mother of a 5 year old son with autism, I can personally attest to the undeniable benefits of ABA Therapy with my own son.  He is currently a recipient of ABA Therapy, made possible through DARS funding.  I am alarmed at the prospect of losing this funding and thus losing his ability to receive the therapy he so desperately needs in order to progress developmentally, socially and to learn basic skills which many of us take for granted.

Too little is being done to address the needs and requirements of this rapidly growing population.

The following statistics were obtained from Autismspeaks.org

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

Given that there are thousands of children in Texas with Autism, I strongly urge you to vote to continue to fund the DARS Autism Program.

Thank you for all that you do for young Texans with Autism.

~Beth Lilly Fort Worth, TX