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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: October 18, 2003: Andy Scott Called for a Strong National Autism Strategy; Will October 19, 2015 Deliver A Government That Will Make It Happen?

Andy Scott called for a REAL National Autism Strategy that would ensure treatment for autism 12 years ago,  Munson, Thibeault, and Stoffer have continued the fight tirelessy. Will October 19 bring Canadians a government prepared to make it happen?
Some good work has been done during this current election campaign in drawing politicians attention to the need for a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The Medicare for Autism Now’s 1 in 58 campaign has produced considerable discussion in a number of selected ridings.  In Saskatchewan Shannon Hill and the PAAT group have engaged federal and political politicians.  Hopefully the government elected October 19 will do more than shell out money for a do nothing committee with no serious mandate like the Harper Party did during the past year.  The Green, NDP and Liberal Parties have all expressed some support for a National Autism Strategy that includes efforts to ensure that evidence based ABA treatment for autism will be covered by Medicare across Canada as Andy Scott called for 12 years ago. 
Following is text from a commentary I posted in 2010  which records  Andy Scott’s call as reported by Tali Folkins in the Telegraph Journal and also acknowledges the tireless efforts of Senator Jim Munson, Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer and former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault as reported by MetroNews.ca. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Renewed Calls for a Real National Autism Strategy

Canada does not have a real national autism strategy but it is not for lack of trying by some dedicated federal politicians  including  Liberal  Senator Jim Munson and  NDP MPs Glenn Thibeault and Peter Stoffer who     have renewed calls for a real National Autism Strategy for Canada.
The struggle for a National Autism Strategy began many years ago including here in New Brunswick where Andy Scott issued a public call for a National Autism Strategy on October 18 2003:
“Fredericton MP Andy Scott said Saturday he has been lobbying prime- minister-to-be Paul Martin for a federal program to help young children with autism. “I desperately want a national autism strategy – and let me just assure you that Paul Martin knows it,” Mr. Scott told supporters at a party celebrating his 10th anniversary as an MP in Fredericton Saturday evening.
Early work by therapists with young autistic children, Mr. Scott said, can make a big difference in their capacity to lead fulfilling lives as adults – and can save money in the long run. But the costs of starting such early intervention programs are high and should be borne directly by Ottawa rather than each individual province, he said. “We have responses and therapies and so on that I genuinely believe can work,” he said. “You’re going to save millions of dollars over the lifetime of an autistic adult. If you can get in at the front end, you can make enormous progress.
But it’s very expensive, and there’s not a lot of stuff being added to Medicare, generally – that’s why we have catastrophic drug problems and other things,” he said. “In the province of New Brunswick, P.E.I., or even Quebec or Ontario it’s very, very expensive. The feds are going to have to step up to the plate.” “
Tali Folkins, Telegraph Journal, October 20, 2003
Mr. Scott was successful in getting a commitment by the federal government to a National Autism Strategy recognized in principle but the strategy at that time did not commit to the hard action necessary to provide assistance to all parts of Canada in providing early autism intervention programs.  Even the National Autism Symposium which came out of that commitment was a sham, pure and simple, a sham.  Public autism advocates, including me were excluded from the Symposium.  Those in attendance were all screened by federal health agency involved with organizing the event to ensure that they would go along with the government’s do nothing to help autistic children agenda.
Senator Munson has been literally crossing the country for several years fighting for a real national autism strategy  and he has not given up on his efforts.  He organized and  spoke in Ottawa yesterday at an event to mark World Autism Awareness Day this Friday, April 2, 2010:
There’s no reason why we cannot treat autism within our own communities equitably across the nation,” said event organizer Senator Jim Munson. “There is a crisis and I know that we can come up with a plan to deal with the issue that is so important to all of us.”
MetroNews.ca, Ottawa, March 31, 2010
The event was also co-hosted by  NDP MP’s Glenn Thibeault and Peter Stoffer who spoke at the event.  Mr. Thibeault also  introduced a private member’s bill, seconded by tireless autism advocate Peter Stoffer,  to create a real national autism strategy, one that would actually help autistic children and their families by having the federal government work with the provinces:
““Autism doesn’t discriminate based on geography.  It’s time for federal leadership to ensure that no matter where a child is born with autism, they receive equal treatment and services of the highest caliber.
Glenn Thibeault,  March 30 2010
I’m very pleased that my colleague has done this.  We’ve been asking for many years for the federal government to work with the provinces to develop a national autism strategy. I hope this will become a reality in the near future.”
Peter Stoffer, March 30 2010

. . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: October 18, 2003: Andy Scott Called for a Strong National Autism Strategy; Will October 19, 2015 Deliver A Government That Will Make It Happen?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: October 18, 2003: Andy Scott Called for a Strong National Autism Strategy; Will October 19, 2015 Deliver A Government That Will Make It Happen?

Andy Scott called for a REAL National Autism Strategy that would ensure treatment for autism 12 years ago,  Munson, Thibeault, and Stoffer have continued the fight tirelessy. Will October 19 bring Canadians a government prepared to make it happen? Some good work has been done during this current election campaign in drawing politicians attention . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: October 18, 2003: Andy Scott Called for a Strong National Autism Strategy; Will October 19, 2015 Deliver A Government That Will Make It Happen?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304

There is currently a group receiving money from the Harper government, purportedly to develop a “National Autism Strategy”. It is an election year handout from a government which has consistently opposed a meaningful role for the federal government in … . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304

There is currently a group receiving money from the Harper government, purportedly to develop a “National Autism Strategy”. It is an election year handout from a government which has consistently opposeed a meaningful role for the federal government in ensuring that autistic children and adults in Canada receive the treatment and services they need . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007.Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy ScottFormer PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a forme… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007.

Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Manitoba Autism Crisis Demonstrates Need For A REAL Canadian National Autism Strategy

Canada, despite a private members motion championed by the late Fredericton MP Andy Scott and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer which called for one, does not have a REAL National Autism Strategy.  The failure to enact a REAL National Autism Strategy means that in some provinces very few autistic children receive intensive early ABA . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Manitoba Autism Crisis Demonstrates Need For A REAL Canadian National Autism Strategy

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Canada Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance: Important Autism News for Your Members

   The fight for a REAL National Autism Strategy including Medicare coverage of ABA  for autism began more than 15 years ago in courts in BC and in  the offices of  Fredericton MP Andy Scott, joined by Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer, former  PEI MP Shawn Murphy,  and  Ontario MP Glenn Thibeault and has  . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Canada Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance: Important Autism News for Your Members

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Mulcair and Mr. Trudeau: If You Become Prime Minister Will Your Government Introduce A Real National Autism Strategy to Help all Autistic Canadians?

Mr. Thomas J. MulcairLeader of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada

Mr. Justin TrudeauLeader of the Liberal Partty of Canada

Re:  Autism in Canada

I am the father of an 18 year old young man with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder and I have been advocating for the introduction and development of autism . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Mulcair and Mr. Trudeau: If You Become Prime Minister Will Your Government Introduce A Real National Autism Strategy to Help all Autistic Canadians?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What an Autism Training Commitment Actually Looks Like

Above former Premier Shawn Graham, a true friend of autistic kids in NB,  and the late Fredericton MP Andy Scott a tenacious advocate for autistic children in Ottawa enjoying some time with the kids at Autism Intervention Services Fredericton Some parents of autistic children in the Fredericton area are satisfied with statements from some . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What an Autism Training Commitment Actually Looks Like

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Should Fulfill Its International Commitment to the WHO and Develop a Real National Autism Strategy

Canada is on record as being a member state of the World Health Organization an organization which has just recently passed a resolution on Autism Spectrum Disorders by its member states  which, among other things, requests the Director General to work with member states to  strengthen national capacities to address autism spectrum disorders and other . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Should Fulfill Its International Commitment to the WHO and Develop a Real National Autism Strategy

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: USA’s 1 in 68 Autism Rates and Canada’s Fake National Autism Strategy

“At present there is no government monitoring system in place to provide us with accurate statistics on the prevalence of ASDs in Canada”  Autism Society Canada  The recent USA CDC reports that US autism rates are now estimated at 1 in 68 highlights, yet again, the lack of a Real National Autism Strategy in . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: USA’s 1 in 68 Autism Rates and Canada’s Fake National Autism Strategy

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autistic Children Need Help, Not Delays: Toronto Star Editorial

In Autistic Children Need Help, Not Delays The Toronto Star has spoken out clearly in support of children with autism disorders in Ontario. The Star’s message applies in most jurisdictions across Canada.  While the Star focuses on Ontario the same logic applies across Canada. Canadians and some conscientious, concerned political leaders including the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autistic Children Need Help, Not Delays: Toronto Star Editorial

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Happy Canada Day!

Canada flag photo by Harold L Doherty, very happy to be a Canadian,   living in Canada, despite the lack of progress on the national autism front   Today is Canada Day and I am very happy to be a Canadian living here in Canada.   We can still enjoy living in one of the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Happy Canada Day!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Loses an Autism Champion: Andy Scott Passed This Morning

Andy Scott With A Megaphone Supporting Autism Cause with Andrew Kavchak Canada has lost an autism champion with the passing this morning of former Fredericton MP Andy Scott.  In a telephone conversation with a friend and fellow autism advocate elsewhere in Canada I once suggested the person contact their federal Member of Parliament.  I . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Loses an Autism Champion: Andy Scott Passed This Morning

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Jaden Lake’s Autism on the Hill Rally – Well Done Jaden!

Edmonton MP Mike Lake, whom I have met (at IMFAR 2012 in Toronto) and communicated with a few times about autism in Canada, have different perspectives on the proper role for Canada’s national government in addressing Canada’s autism crisis.  The government of Stephen Harper, of which Mike Lake is a member,  is not a . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Jaden Lake’s Autism on the Hill Rally – Well Done Jaden!

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Autism and Civil Rights Activist David Marley and The Fight For a National Autism Strategy

Medicare for Autism Now! has released episode 10 of our “Medicare’s Orphans” web-series. This episode features Medicare for Autism Now, Civil Rights Now and co-producer of “Medicare’s Orphans”, David Marley. David is a former trial lawyer and lo… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Autism and Civil Rights Activist David Marley and The Fight For a National Autism Strategy