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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Autism and Food Stamps

The family of an Indianapolis man with autism is suing the state's social services agency, saying it illegally cuts grocery benefits it pays to developmentally disabled people enrolled in a Medicaid program based on how much they receive in food stamps.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit against the Family and Social Services Administration on behalf of 26-year-old Michael Dick last week in Marion County Superior Court, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Dick has been severely autistic since birth, is nonverbal and functions on the level of a 6- or 7-year-old, his family said.He's enrolled in Indiana's Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program and receives food stamps from the federal government.

But his family claims that when the federal program increased its benefits by $1.25 a day in 2009, the state deducted that same amount from his living allowance.
Talk About Curing Autism looks at food stamps from a different angle, calculating how to afford a gluten-free, casein-free diet on a very limited budget.