Don't let financial disadvantage keep autistic people from accessing their diagnosis.
If you met Logan today, you’d meet a passionate, engaged and energetic little man. He’s everything a nine-year-old should be – a barrel of energy, diving into life and taking challenges in his stride.
But this wasn’t always the case.
Logan was just 21 months old when he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Before then, it was already clear to his parents that something was making life hard for him.
Even Christmas, a time that should be filled with joy for new parents, was fraught with
“Logan got very overwhelmed when the whole family was together in one house, to the point where we had to go outside or sit in an empty room. One Christmas, he didn’t want to come out of the room, and we had to leave.” said Jess, Logan's Mum.
Since Logan began therapy with Aspect four years ago, the changes his parents have seen in him are incredible. This year he will be able to enjoy Christmas with his family.
The simple fact is this – an assessment and diagnosis can have a profound impact on the life of a person on the autism spectrum, at any age. It is a crucial service that shouldn’t be out of reach for any person. Unfortunately the cost of a private assessment is a barrier for many families.
This Christmas, will you help an autistic person access a diagnosis and
specialist therapies today, so they can enjoy a better tomorrow?
The demand for diagnostic services continues to grow, waiting lists are becoming longer, meaning these services are well beyond the reach of financially disadvantaged families.
It shouldn’t have to be this way. Right now, we need to continue supporting as many families and individuals as possible – and we need your help to do this.