THE COVID-19 CRISIS IS A TIME FOR US TO BE CREATIVE, SOLVE PROBLEMS AND SERVE THOSE IN NEED.
Everyone has a part to play in getting humanity to the other side, and in helping those who need a hand right now. So, this is our small part – we will be utilizing some of our BCBA capacity to provide pro-bono services to families we can help (especially those without insurance or otherwise struggling to access services). See the above description of services, and our process to get in touch.
How did this idea evolve?
One of the most distressing things about COVID-19 has been the invisible wall that has come up to disrupt the flow of goods and services between producers and consumers. People have ongoing critical needs, that aren’t being taken care of, even when producers have the ability to meet such needs. Products/ services that exist, cannot get to where they are needed the most.
A stark example of this is dairy farmers across the country being forced to dump millions of gallons of milk (and similar quantities of produce) a day, because their usual customers have temporarily disappeared. And, these farmers aren’t able to reach out and supply milk to the many other consumers that are stuck without adequate food supplies, because of other limitations in the supply chain. Producers have food, people have need for food, but supply chains cannot flex that quickly. Excess and shortage exist alongside.
As an organization that provides therapy to children with autism, we’re affected by the same dynamic. As we’ve temporarily switched our model, we have some spare capacity to help families and kids in need. At the same time, there are families and kids unable to access services because of a host of issues ranging from health insurance to just being stuck somewhere along the process.
So we thought this would be a good way to bridge the need gap, and set aside usual procedures for now. We’re going to try to flex our “supply chain” a bit and see what happens.