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It is a real worry for those of us without nuerotypical kids to count on. When we are dead and gone or not able to care for our girls I am counting on thier cousins to help them - we've already had the conversation - but basicly they'll be at the mercy of the state. Their cousins are older and live nearby so they know them quite well but they have their own lives to lead and who knows where we will be in 30 or 40 years time?
Someone else is thinking and writing about it in an op-ed in today's Washington Post. Autistic and Overlooked, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/01/AR2008040102this.
oops. Here's the correct link for the Post article.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/01/AR2008040102199.html
I have 2 neurotypical children and 2 with disabilities though my oldest girl is not autistic and will be functional as an adult, she will not be able to handle the stress of assisting her brother. That leaves me with 2 others to care for him. I have already had the talk with my 13 year old son. His questions are so valid and frightening. "What if I have my own autistic child mom, then what do I do about CJ? I'm not sure I can handle both." My heart was broken that at 13 this is what he wonders about.
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