Next I'd like you to meet my beloved Rixy's little sister Dani. Dani was diagnosed at the age of 2 ½ with autism and as a result, her mom received “early start services”. Early start services due to budget cuts in California have recently been revoked for future families with special needs. Many children like Dani have benefited due to this program. Today she has verbal communication and social interaction. As of now she has graduated from a special ed setting to a main stream setting and is now in a “typical” kindergarten class.
**Per Rixy; "If you will please note, it wasn’t a very easy thing to do. It has taken my Mom a huge struggle (court cases, mis-diagnoses, the State appointing inexperienced care takers/shadows) but she was fortunate enough to have resources (moo-la) to fight on! for this to happen. Many families do not have this resource and rely on the state for help.**
Dani still has occupational therapy, speech and DIR/Floor time. (Which Rixy's Mom pays out of pocket for due to budget cuts.) Dani is a fighter and she has relationships with other children and has a sense of humor, which is a big deal for an autistic child.
Rixy's Mom & Dani were recently interviewed regarding the budget cuts, you can read the article HERE.