|Steve Malecki uses a 'sensory wall'.|
(Wisconsin Dells photo by Ed Legge)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one in 68 children have autism, Legge writes. In rural areas with small populations that could mean there are few children in a region with autism. Kelly Malecki, whose 9-year-old son Stevie was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was 4, lives in Adams County, which has a population of 20,215 spread out over 689 square miles. She told Legge, “There’s a lot in a rural area we don’t have or don’t have access to. Any diagnostics are an hour and a half to two hours away.” Malecki said two insurance companies suggested she move to an urban location.
|Adams County, Wisconsin |
Bolton told Legge, "They (people on the spectrum) need to experience life just like everyone else. If they don’t get the chance to come out and be with people, they will never know what it’s like to interact with people.”