Springfield - On Wednesday supporters of Autism wanted to make sure kids and their families are not forgotten on World Autism Day.
Members of TAP - The Autism Program of Illinois, met with lawmakers to explain why funding is crucial. They say, the sooner a child is diagnosed, the sooner they can receive treatment. The earlier they receive treatment, the better chance their child has of living a normal life.
Programs, like those offered at the Hope Institute in Springfield, are often funded through private and state grants. Deanna Planitz' doctor sent her son, Jordan, here immediately after he was diagnosed last year. "The Autism Program at the Hope Institute had one of the best in the state. So we were lucky to get Jordan in."
But without grants, he could still be waiting. TAP offers clinical help at 19 locations across Illinois. However, the demand is greater than the supply, so many children are put on waiting lists. TAP hopes lawmakers will help change that.
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