Monday, June 04, 2007

South Carolinians Write to Governor About Ryan's Law

Dear Governor,

As the parent of a 3-year-old boy who was recently diagnosed with autism, I ask that you allow Ryan's Law (the Autism Equity Act) to go forward, without a veto. While my son is very intelligent (especially mathematically and with spacial relationships), he is severly delayed in speech and socialization.

Autism is a neurological disorder, which affects the parts of the brain that control language and joint-attention; with therapy from a young age, while the neurological pathways are still forming in the children's brains, most of these children show tremendous improvement -- and many go on to live normal lives.

I believe this neurological disorder should be covered under health insurance, just as strokes and other neurological disorders are covered. It's only right that our children get the treatment they need!

The pediatrician tells us that, with therapy, my son will likely go on to a regular elementary school with "normal" children, and could even excel academically. Without therapy, however, his progress would halt or regress, and he would never develop the language or other skills that are necessary to participate in a normal classroom, or the workforce, one day.

Our state deserves that children like my son be able to share their talents with all of society, pay taxes, and contribute to our local economy -- instead of ending up becoming a burden on taxpayers.

Perhaps this realization is why several other states have passed similar legislation. By allowing Ryan's Law to go forward, you will not only help these children but will also help our state for years to come.

Thank you, governor, for your time, and I hope we can count on you to help our children!

Robin Broyles


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