Monday, June 04, 2007

South Carolinians Write to Governor about Ryan's Law

Dear Governor Sanford,

My wife and I are the grandparents of a very smart and bright 8 year old with autism. We have seen the progress he has made thanks to ABA therapies. He continues to make progress but after this year, the money that my son has to pay for those therapies runs out.

He has been paying with the help of the entire family, $15,000 a year since our grandson was 3 for 20 hours a week of ABA. Our grandson should have been getting 40 hours a week.

The passage of Ryan's Law by the legislature has given hope to not only the continued progress of my grandson but to many other parents in SC who are struggling to provide this proven therapy for their children. Not only will your signing this law help children who have no other alternative to fight this disease but it also will save the tax payers of this state money by reducing the number of these children that would become wards of the state at tax payers expense.

Governor, my wife and I are in our 70's and have lived in this state all of our lives. We have worked hard to make a life for ourselves and our son and now we see him doing the same for his son with all that is in him. He is not asking for a handout, only for the help he needs to give his son the same opportunities that we have given him and that you want to give to your children.

As a father and a grandfather, I ask you to look deep into your own heart and ask yourself what you would do if your child were autistic and you had no other place to turn.

This bill is supported not only by the autism community but also by the insurance industry after the compromise was reached in the Senate. We ask that you support this bill for the benefit of all South Carolinians.

Kindest Regards,
Bob and Selma Howle

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