Friday, July 25, 2014

Survey Response: William Both, Candidate for Utah House 22

Bill Both
Candidates for the November 2014 elections were given the opportunity to respond to a few questions relating to autism. The following responses are from William 'Bill' Both, candidate for Utah House District 22.

Insurance Coverage:   SB57 was passed in the 2014 legislative session. It goes into effect on January 1, 2016, and among other things, will require individual and large group plans to cover a limited amount of behavioral therapy for autistic children through age 9. The bill has a sunset clause which will cause it to expire on January 1, 2019. 

Would you support renewal or expansion of SB57 if the costs prove to be manageable?

Bill Both:   
Yes I would. As the father of a child on the very light end of the ASD, and with many friends and family members with children with various levels of the ASD I support this bill and any bill that would allow life to be easier for these families.

WanderingWandering (or elopement) is an issue that affects around half of children with ASD, as well as many people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are substantial costs involved with search efforts that often require emergency personnel. There are also promising technologies, such as smartphones, GPS, and Bluetooth, which can help with tracking these individuals. 

 Would you support efforts to:
  1. better understand the extent of the wandering problem in Utah
  2. promote training for emergency personnel
  3. identify technological solutions and help make them affordable for caregivers
Bill Both 
  1. Yes, there is a family in my LDS Ward that has a child that wanders. The other children in the ward have taken upon themselves at the request of the parents to walk with this young man from school every day and make sure he gets inside his home.
  2. Yes, as well as teachers and others who interact with the child on a daily basis.
  3. Yes.

Education: Education is a priority for many UAC members. Kids on the spectrum often require special education resources.

What do you see as the current state of the Utah education system, including Special Ed, and what steps would you support to improve it?

Bill Both:   

Housing and Employment: When autistic people transition out of the public school system, many of them need help with housing and employment. According to the 2013 Annual Report of the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities, Over 5,000 Utahns received services, and 80% of them had an intellectual disability. Another 1,892 Utahns are on the waiting list.

Would you support steps to improve housing and employment opportunities for individuals with autism?

Bill Both: