To Dream the Impossible Dream?

The hard thing about the wait lists for autism treatments, specifically the intensive behavioral intervention (IBI), is that if you decide not to wait you have to fund everything yourself. IBI therapy is not covered by provincial or private health insurances in Canada. Parents have to remortgage their homes, get a loan or line of credit or ask for help from family and friends. Some people don’t have a home to remortgage. Some people don’t have family they can ask for help. What happens then?

Imagine my surprise when I read earlier this year that as of July 1, 2012 the state of California mandated coverage for ABA Therapy for certain health plans and insurances. I almost had to pinch myself. Imagine using your provincial health card at your ABA service provider’s office!? Imagine getting a prescription from your doctor for ABA therapy, finding a provider and then submitting your receipts to your insurance company?! What a concept!

At present, 31 states, including California, have mandated insurance coverage of ABA therapy for the treatment autism, after President Obama signed the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act into law last year.

Autism is getting a lot of coverage these days, and rightly so. It is THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING developmental disability. I feel like we are experiencing the snowball effect where the entire support systems for autism in Ontario are just going to dreamingspontaneously combust from sheer numbers. It’s just getting worse.

Friends, WHAT do we need to do here in Canada to get to this same level of thinking? Until then, I can only dream …

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