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As a mom of a disabled child, I would have welcomed this ability to take time off with my child. At around 16 months he became seriously ill. After a long bout of illnesses, he was eventually hospitalized. When we took him home from the hospital, I noticed there was something different about him, something not right.
Because I had already missed so much work from this string of events I decided to take the rest of the year off to get a handle on his illness, his lack of development. I thought the fact that he was in daycare so much (50 hrs wk) and exposed to so many viruses, etc, were causing him to lag developmentally. If I could just work with him at home, I could get him back on track.
The something not right with my son did not go away, it was diagnosed as autism. Which was unfortunate as now I had no job and no insurance. I'm in a pickle barrel now.
Something is very wong with a society that watches tragedy happen again and again to families and does nothing to help. How many families of the sick can we ignore? There is seriously no to little help here in the world of disability and illness. Do not think for a second that it can't happen to you.
I see this bill as a basic step forward to becoming an enlightened and caring society. A society that even cares for healthy single people who believe they don't, and won't ever, need anyone. Sometimes your bootstraps snap.
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