Thursday, May 16, 2019

IT’S a scandal that parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have to wait up to five years to be approved services.

So said independent local election candidate Brian Furlong. He said that he is meeting parents on his election canvas “who are at their wits end and nearly burnt out” because of the scandalous delays.

Mr Furlong said: “It’s bad enough that parents with a child on the autism spectrum are left to feel isolated by the lack of services from the HSE, but they should not have to battle the system every inch of the way to have services for their children such as speech and language therapies, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, play therapy and counselling services.”

“But for voluntary organisations such as the Laois Down Syndrome Association and the Laois Offaly Families for Autism (LOFFA), who subsidise access to private therapies for families who are forced to obtain private therapies for their children, there would be more families in dire circumstances here in Laois waiting on the HSE to provide these vital services,” he said.

Mr Furlong, who is contesting the election in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district, said: “This is an issue that I have told the parents with children with autism and intellectual disabilities that I would highlight in an attempt to shine a light on what they are forced to struggle and endure with on a daily basis because of the failure of the system to support their children and their families.”

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