Julia is the sweetest girl you'll ever meet and she is also the most hard working one.
When she was first diagnosed with autism at 21 months old, we knew there was no time to waste when it came to getting her the proper rehabilitation and therapies. We realized that every moment that she wasn’t receiving treatment was a moment lost and a moment that her development would regress.
Her doctors had prescribed ABA therapy, but unfortunately it was not covered under Medicaid and we didn’t have the resources to pay for the dosage prescribed privately. We were able to secure 5 hours of neurodevelopmental therapy a week, but saw little progress.
It was a horrible feeling as parents to not be able to secure the appropriate help our daughter needed. We began to look for alternative means of getting ABA therapy and did whatever we could.
I eventually heard about a parent support group through the birth to three center and met Arzu Forough who told me about the different laws that could lead to appropriate services for Julia.
With Arzu’s encouragement, I began to work towards her suggestions and finding ways to secure medicaid coverage.
A few months before Julia turned 3, we were introduced to psychologist and behavior analyst, Dr. Elizabeth Grevey, who began working with Julia and little by little, she began improving.
Though some of the services were covered under her neurodevelopmental benefits, ABA was still denied. We focused our attention on getting Julia's therapies covered under her insurance as we continued to struggle to pay out of pocket for the therapies.
Our family is one of the many families that have benefited from the WAAA settlement that ensured the coverage of ABA therapies for children with autism under Medicaid.
Julia is 11 years old now, and thriving due to the intensive and individualized medical treatment care she has received early on.
She is a happy and fun girl that fills our hearts with joy and proud every day.
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy is continuing our mission to fight for the rights of children with autism to appropriate healthcare and education as we strongly feel that all children with autism deserve to be given every opportunity to become productive members of their communities regardless of their family’s funding sources.