When Aaron McLemore was diagnosed with autism at age 3, it was apparent he would need special help. Aaron was placed in a class with many students of varying needs, but his mother, Kelly, felt he was being overlooked.
When Arizona introduced its education savings account program, Kelly was first in line. “We were very, very thrilled” to receive the savings account, she says, which deposits a portion of Aaron’s state education funding into an account Kelly can use on a variety of education services.
Kelly used her account to help cover tuition at Chrysalis Academy, which specializes in helping students like Aaron. “We’re grateful to have the education savings account. We noticed a change from the moment he started going to Chrysalis.” At Chrysalis, Aaron receives speech and occupational therapy in addition to his academics, improving his learning and behavior. “Without that scholarship fund, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to send Aaron to Chrysalis,” says Kelly.