Kelly and Samantha
This is my daughter, Samantha Richards. She is 18 years old. Sam has autism. Sam is profoundly deaf. She has been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder (does not sleep). She has too many health issues to list. Until she turned 18, we received $22,000 in respite funding. We now receive $10,000 per year. This loss in monies has forced me to pay for respite out of my own pocket. I am a single, working mother and by no means financially able to replace the $12,000 we have lost since Samantha’s 18th birthday. This has placed a huge amount of stress on myself and Samantha. Sam’s quality of life has been greatly affected. My quality of life has been greatly affected. I am deeply concerned for my family’s future.
March 5, 2010