This is Jayce, he is 4 years old and recently diagnosed in September as severely autistic, globally delayed, and completely nonverbal.
Jayce cannot feed himself properly with a spoon, or even put socks on his feet by himself, he cannot socially interact with other children on a normal level... and that sadly includes his younger siblings. He is JUST starting to understand functional play...
I am a mom of 4 children under 4 years old, and me and my partner do the best we can, but there's no way in the entire world could we afford to pay out of pocket for Jayce's needs..
As great as it would be to be able to skip the wait lists to receive services sooner, the services Jayce would require would not be covered by the max amount offered to families... including mine.
There are many many children on the spectrum with various different needs, i believe the funding should not be based on income, but based on needs.
My son is 1 of many kids who will most likely fall through the cracks because of lack of services, and that is absolutely heartbreaking.
I see great potential in my child.. and I would rather wait, i'm sure he would too!