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March 16, 2013

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March 16, 2013

I emailed this organization about their availability for possible services of which would better assist me to provide for my 9 yr. old daughter, who was only recently diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. The return email I recieved confirmed they do not provide services for our needs but it also belittled resource we created to provided a viable, not to mention legal, resource for my daughter. While I accept they do not provide the services I need, I was shocked at this response. It seemed to me, we were pigeon-holed into a category without the slightest bit of courtesy or empathy for the heart-breaking struggle someone in our position must be undergoing.

For people who are unaware, while children with HFA do not display the same impairments as low and mid functioning autism children, HFA children are often VERY actively suicidal, not to mention capable of, because they are considered to be behavioral problems. Because they are "a smart child" diagnosis is problematic, therefore they are treated with low regard by the public school system, after all, they should be able to "get over" or deal with the normal every day teasing from other children and expected to fall into line like the other kids do.

I most certainly did NOT expect nor request this organization to change their function or mission. All I am saying is that it would have been nice not to have had blind judgement so readily passed against us. We get enough of that already.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 1, 2012

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December 1, 2012

4 Paws for Ability provides service dogs that change the lives of children with autism, seizures, crippling physical challenges, severe downs syndrome and combinations of these challenges. They are understanding, compassionate and change lives for the child and their family.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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