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In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month I am working to raise money to donate to a local Down Syndrome Awareness Organization.

A quarter of low-income Americans who have a child with a disability spend over 3 percent of their income to meet their child’s health needs, but how much a family spends can vary greatly depending on the state where they live.

Despite programs like Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), low-income families are reporting significant out-of-pocket health-related expenditures for a child with a disability. A family of four living at the federal poverty level is spending about $1,200 a year out-of-pocket on therapy, home modifications, wheelchairs, and other health-related needs. It might not sound like that much for families making $100,000 a year, but that’s a great deal of money for a family that only earns poverty level income.

In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month I am working to raise money to donate to a local Down Syndrome Awareness Organization in the Pittsburgh area to help families in need and also support more research. Some of you, like I, may know somebody with this disability that has touched your life in one way or another.
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