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--(Marketwired - March 15, 2016) - inSpyr welcomes Florida's continued trail-blazing initiative for the second consecutive year, as Governor Rick Scott declares the week of March 14th, 2016, Down Syndrome Awareness Week, also known as "DSAW", guiding the way towards the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.
"Families affected by Trisomy21, like ourselves, cannot begin to express how deeply our gratitude reaches to all levels of state government, as Governor Scott executed the DSAW proclamation," Kraig Beahn, VP of inSpyr, furthered, "in hopes of driving awareness, thereby encouraging collaboration of research, knowledge and experiences amongst Florida's families, healthcare and scientific communities."
Also excited to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week in Florida was Senate President Andy Gardiner, who announced "the passage of House Bill 221 late last Friday, the final day of our 2016 Legislative Session. This important legislation requires health insurance contracts to cover speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and applied behavior analysis services for individuals with Down Syndrome, just as they are currently covered for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder."
"Speech, occupational and physical therapy can make a big difference in the ability of individuals with Down Syndrome to further their education and career goals, while greatly improving their quality of life. Insurance coverage will make these therapies more affordable for families across Florida who have either been struggling to pay out-of-pocket, or going without these life-changing services. I am so grateful to my colleagues in the Florida House and Senate for passing this critical legislation that will mean [so] much to families across our state who have a family member with Down Syndrome," continued Gardiner.
Collaboratively, Governor Scott, the Florida House and Senate continue to bridge the resource gap for individuals with special needs enabling them to realize their full potential both in their personal and professional lives, by and through such continuous support.
Heather Robinson, CEO of inSpyr, noted, "Scott promised Floridians jobs, and in accomplishing such goal, has and continues to build the many foundations and tools necessary to make sure that all Floridians, including those with Down syndrome, are afforded every opportunity to build upon their unique abilities, thereby paving the way to economic independence."
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