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February 27, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Developmental disabilities: Expand existing state resources

Amy Crawley, of Kirkland, holds son Rowan, 8, when he becomes too rowdy while playing. Rowan has severe autism, requiring almost constant care. The family has been on a waiting list for almost seven years to receive state services. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times).

In response to the The Seattle Times’ article “Thousands of families left out of state funding to help with developmental disabilities,” [Local News, Feb. 24] I would like to suggest consideration of expanding the use of our state-established Residential Habilitation Centers, which have the therapies in place plus available residential facilities. They could be utilized to serve families of autistic children and other developmentally disabled persons needing services.

I am the uncle of an autistic girl and have an understanding of the demands that this situation places on parents.


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