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Alabamians are helping children with autism find their voice

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: May 13 2017 9:15 PM

"I love you, Daddy." I hear that every night. Most mornings, it's the excited voices of my sons barging into my room that wake me up. I rarely consider the precious gift of a child's voice because several of them are fixtures in my home.

But what if those voices weren't there. What if my sons couldn't effectively articulate each new discovery bouncing around in their minds? For as many as 40 percent of children with autism, that's reality.

Autism has been a focal point for Alabama's state legislature as it grapples with requiring coverage for a range of autism therapies. As sour as that legislative battle has been, a few Alabamians aren't waiting on Montgomery to give a voice to children with autism. I'm not talking about a grassroots campaign or advocacy group; I literally mean that people, right here in Alabama, are tackling the challenge of non-verbal autism.

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and big dog insurance companies, who are not concerned about health, are pulling out all stops in fighting this legislation

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