Well, Arnold’s really done it this time. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the cuts Mr. “I’ll be Back” has made to regional center services, early start programs, children’s healthcare, respite and home aides and other changes that affect those with Autism spectrum disorders.
I have a hard time understanding how his wife, Maria Shriver can support his decisions to take away from those who have so very little, cut services and hope from children with autism so ruthlessly.
I’m sure those who voted for Arnold never thought he’d be capable of such atrocities… and if they did, I’ll bet many thought at least his wife could talk some sense into him if need be. But no such luck.
I’m sure there are many who’s live are not touched by autism, do not realize the devastating impact this will have on so many children and adults with disabilities. I chose to believe that the public is not uncaring about such things, but merely ignorant as to what it really means in the life of a family touched by a disability who depends on these services that have been hacked away (and with Arnold making fun of the whole thing by broadcasting on Twitter the budget and him brandishing a hunting knife… come on, how stupid was that? Does he no longer employ the services of a press agent or personal manager to advise him. Does he never expect to need the public on his side ever again? It’s all just too strange to believe).
And again, Maria, where are you in all this? Where are you period? You never struck me as the silent type and your family certainly never has been quiet when a voice so desperately needs to be heard.
Anyway, I digress. I’m upset and getting meloncholic.
What you need is to understand what exactly the cuts are and how it will affect you.
For this, I’m sending you to Area Board 10 (WE LOVE YOU AREA BOARD!)
For those in Los Angeles County, Chris, Roberta and the others at Area board are amongst the hardest working folks in the autism advocacy world. They advocate for our kids, our families tirelessly. Underpaid, overworked… they have the biggest hearts I’ve seen and the sharpest minds to match. If you have questions, give them a call. Be patient, it might take them a while to get to you, they don’t have a huge staff… but the wait is worth it.
Without further a do, read what went down on their website…