Friday, April 20, 2012

Flashback Friday: Financial struggles of autism families

My hubby and I have been poring over our budget recently as we contemplate some things, and I remembered a post I wrote about how autism families earn less. Autism families really struggle with finances across the board, unless you're some sort of a famous bazillionaire.

Like so many of you out there, we are underwater in our mortgage. That is a scary feeling because on paper we have done everything right. We chose not to max out our home's equity and we are very careful with our credit and diligent with our budget.

Back when my hubby lost his job we had to slash and burn our budget just to survive. Let me tell you how hard it can be as a single income household to maintain supplements and a special diet while on unemployment! The sad thing is that when Titan found a new job about 6 months later, he had to take a monumental pay cut.

Financial stress just doesn't stop...especially in this economy. Pile on autism and it can be downright overwhelming.

My hope for you is that you live in a State that has enacted autism legislation in order to pay for therapies. My hope for you is that you are not going in the hole each month despite your best efforts. I hope to someday join you in those more pleasant realities.   

Check out the post I wrote last June and see how researchers have confirmed that our financial struggles are statistically significant.

P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Kate Winslet's new book, The Golden Hat. The contest ends soon! I'll announce the winner on Monday morning. Good luck!
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