COUNTY EXECUTIVE SUOZZI AND CONGRESSWOMAN McCARTHY JOINS ALMOST 500 OUTRAGED PARENTS AND 30 AUTISM ADVOCACY GROUPS AND LEADERS IN MAJOR PROTEST FOR AUTISM REFORM AS THEIRS NOT ENOUGH HOUSING ON LONG ISLAND FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM, DISABLED CHILDREN ARE BEING SHIPPED OFF LONG ISLAND. THOUSANDS OF LOCAL FAMILIES ARE GOING INTO BANKRUPTCY AND FORECLOSURE CAUSING CRISIS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi , United States Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and Officials from Autism Speaks will join with almost 500 outraged parents and over 30 autism group organization advocates and leaders in a major protest and rally on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:30am at Adelphi University to call for housing on Long Island and Autism Reform in the State of New York . Children with autism are going homeless. There is not enough housing on Long Island for adults and children with autism. They are being shipped out of State and away from the region. Local families are also going bankrupted and loosing their homes due to the high cost associated with care of a child with autism. It can cost a family over 50,000 to provide proper health and medical care for children diagnosed with autism.
Approximately one in every 150 children in the United States has autism or a closely related disorder. Autism is one of the top 10 neurobiological disorders — and the only one for which insurance companies refuse to cover the cost of treatment and medical care. Recently, the states of Texas, Pennslyvania. Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana passed autism reform legislation. Long Island also has a has a autism housing shortage. There are not enough residential facilities in the region causing children to be hundreds of miles from home and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009, 11:30 am
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