Families Suffer While NC Makes Them Wait Years For Assistance For Their Disabled Kids

shared courtesy of The News & Observer

Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA – The parents of an autistic son have waited 16 years since they first applied for home and community-based services like support staff and therapy from the state.

Laura Branan used to call twice a year to ask if her son had moved up on the waiting list.

Every year she got the same answer: “No, he hasn’t moved much.” The last thing they told her was he was in the top 5% of people waiting. She didn’t know what that meant.

After repeating this for a decade, she gave up on it. The answers weren’t changing.

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