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Rio Hondo Mom Advocates for Autism Therapy Program in the Valley

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Monday, September 02 2019 Sep 2, 2019 September 02, 2019 5:40 PM September 02, 2019 in News - Local

RIO HONDO - A Rio Hondo mom uprooted her family to get help for her autistic daughter.

She's been trying to get more resources in the Rio Grande Valley and Texas.

A program to help kids with autism changed Doctor Lisa Pena and her family’s life.

Getting the help for her daughter wasn't easy and she’s making sure that changes for others.

"In June, governor Abbot signed the bill, and so it states that intensive behavioral intervention has to be a paid benefit through medicaid and that’s for any person under the age of 20 that has an autism diagnosis," says Pena.

According to Pena, 80,000 kids in Texas have autism and Medicaid.

The bill is a big win that started from a low point 6 years ago, when she found out her daughter Isla's diagnosis.

Submerging herself in research, she found ABA Therapy.

The problem was nowhere in the Valley offered the program.

Watch the video for the full story.

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