The cost of treatment for a child with Autism can be prohibitive for most families. For example, some children need the recommended 40 hours of therapy a week, and at an hourly rate of $60, this runs close to $100,000 a year. Behaviour therapy may need to continue for several years until the child can attend school. Single parent families find it impossible to afford $100 a week, let alone the $2400 a week needed. Consequently children from these families rely on the $6000 a year for 2 years provided by the Government. These families cannot afford the nutrient supplements required either.
It is our aim to provide subsidised or Pro-Bono treatment to such families. Of course this will need to be supported by fundraising and obtaining grants from Government departments. We need lots of people with a social conscience to give a small amount each year. The yearly membership amount of $50 is about the cost of a restaurant meal, and would give a child with autism a one-hour session of therapy. Each child with Autism requires around 20-40 sessions a week of therapy. So, if we rely on membership alone, We would need the annual membership dues from 1500 members to support one child for a year. Hence, donations over and above annual membership dues would go a long way to help.
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