December 25, 2012

Little Holiday Joy for Parents of Autistic Children in Jerusalem

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Why are autistic people born???? Why are disabled people born? Some people falsely believe autistic people are born to those who have somehow done something wrong, but that is not true. According to Christianity and Jewish faith, the disabled are born to show the power of GOD......Book of John 9:2-12 from the Complete Jewish Bible: 
"His talmidim asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned -- this man or his parents -- to cause him to be born blind?" 3 Yeshua answered, "His blindness is due neither to his sin nor to that of his parents; it happened so that God's power might be seen at work in him..."

December 23rd, 2012: Parents of autistic children living on the other side of the world, remind us that autism advocacy doesn't take a holiday break.

Dozens of parents of autistic children rallied in Jerusalem Sunday across from the government plaza in protest of shrinking government funding. The Israeli Society for Autistic led the protest.

"Raising a child with autism is a daily struggle for survival compounded by an endless struggle with the authorities," Said Hagai Shagrir (48) whose son, 17-years-old Eylon, is classified as low-functioning autistic.

Parents called for legislation that will regulate the rights of children with autism in addition to supplement fund of NIS 60 million (roughly $16 million). The parents also called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to solve the crisis.

Protestors carried signs calling the government to take immediate action, reading "Steiniz" - leaver your bubble" and "We are not asking for favors" and "Autistics never leave the nest."

The Israeli Society for Autistic Children said latest data "Means creating a huge gap in the range and quality of services and care that is provided to the child and his family...

Knesset Member Ilan Ghilon (Meretz) who heads the Knesset Lobby for the Handicapped called on on Social Affairs Minister Moshe Kahlon to meet with the parents: "Do not turn them away; you have the power to make a meaningful difference before you leave office."

In his letter to Kahlon, Gilon said "Families to autistic children have to cope with deficient state treatment and are literally abandoned, having to carry the heavy financial toll alone. You must act immediately to match the funds necessary and provide additional essential facilities."

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4323351,00.html