Utah has the highest rate of autism in the country one child in 47. The advocacy group Autism Speaks estimates 18,000 Utah children have the disorder, which causes intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical-health issues. The symptoms range from mild in some children to debilitating in others.
Children with autism spectrum disorder need special individual therapy to help them interact with others and learn the academic skills all children need and to develop the exceptional music, visual and academic skills many autistic children have.
But that therapy is expensive, and unless insurance companies are required to cover it, most won't. That leaves thousands of Utah families struggling with the horrific dilemma of deciding what to forgo in order to pay for the therapy that can help their autistic children become productive, happy citizens.