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My son is 24 years old. He has been in a specialized school or program since he was 9 years old. He has an FASD. We fought for him and he worked so hard throughout his school years…harder than most of us could imagine. He attended a therapeutic boarding school until he was 22 years old. But now he does not qualify for services. He can not access his IQ. He can not live independently. He meets 6 out of 7 of the functional limitations that are requirements for eligibility for DDS. He unfortunately does not have Autism. He has an FASD. The Autism Law is discriminatory. This state has one of the most restrictive definitions of Developmental Disabilities. He meets the Federal definition of Developmental Disability, but here in Massachusetts, he does not. If he has the same limitations, why can he not get the same help? The outlook for him is not good. He only needs some flexible supports to help him work and live. I am afraid for him.

Is he or his disability not important enough?

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