The state of Utah is getting very close to passing legislation that insurance companies have to cover therapy for Autism. There is a man speaking at the state capital on Monday named Dwight Stringham who is against the bill (HB 57). He is also opposed to HB 88 that is up for renewal (the program my son is in).
He claims, "I have 9 children, at least 8 of them have some level of autism. This includes one severely impacted 10-year-old who is completely non-verbal. I know autism, and I OPPOSE the current autism bills."
I have googled his name and come up with nothing on this man except the information on the Utah State Legislature page
He claims ABA is cruel! My son is currently in doing 15 hours a week through the Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver Program. When he ages out, I do not know what we will do. We will probably have to stop therapy because we cannot afford it on our own.
My favorite quote..."Here's my suggestion -- find out what autistic (or former autistic) people think." Awesome! I would love to hear how someone no longer has Autism.
My concern is that there will be a few legislators that will buy into this guy's b.s. I wonder if this man is helping out insurance lobbyists.
He's provided a phone number to call him, but I'm not sure it's a conversation I want to have with him especially after looking at the links he provided.