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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Politics and the Return of the Run Jump Fly Boy

I have been engaged in autism advocacy during the recent Canadian federal election.  I do so at the federal level for the sole purpose of trying to ensure that all Canadians with serious autism disorders have access to Applied Behavior Analysis fo… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Politics and the Return of the Run Jump Fly Boy

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: REMINDER: Autism Society New Brunswick Meeting This Saturday 1:00 Room 303 Tilley Hall UNB Fredericton

REMINDER of ASNB meeting THIS Saturday At 1 PM.

 ASNB family ADVOCACY is responsible for the early intervention program recognized as an evidence based North American model.

Our efforts also led to several hundred autism trained TA’s in the school system and for keeping the Stan Cassidy autism team operating after it had been closed.

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Society NB Meeting This May, Still Focused On Evidence and Results, Still Operating As An Independent, Informed Voice for Autism Services in NB

If you are the parent of an autistic child receiving early evidence based autism intervention at one of the government recognized autism intervention centres you are able to do so because of the advocacy of the Autism Society New Brunswick.   If your sons and daughters in NB schools have access to education . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Society NB Meeting This May, Still Focused On Evidence and Results, Still Operating As An Independent, Informed Voice for Autism Services in NB

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Awareness Month Message: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults

Autism Awareness Month: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada.  As a father of an 18 year old son with severe autism disorder, profound developmental delays (like 50% of the autism spectrum according to the World Health Organization) and seizures which also affect many with autism I can tell . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Awareness Month Message: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: I Am Hoping for NDP Voices in the NB Legislature to Help Families Advocate for An Adult Autism Care Facility

The picture above is from Conor’s 2nd Birthday on February 2,  1998.  The next day we received his autism disorder diagnosis, described initially as Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,  six months after various tests and six months after requesting medical attention because we did not understand his lack of development and we were . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: I Am Hoping for NDP Voices in the NB Legislature to Help Families Advocate for An Adult Autism Care Facility

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Autism Advocacy Awards

The primary front line autism service providers, regardless of where one lives, are parents.  In Canada at least parents have also been the first and most effective advocates for services for autistic children from BC to Ontario to New Brunswick to Newfoundland and all points between.  For most parents recognition of that fact is . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Autism Advocacy Awards

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr Opens a Dialogue with the Autism Society New Brunswick

L: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr R: Autism Society New Brunswick Acting President Harold Doherty

The Autism Society New Brunswick meeting last Saturday March 23, 2013 was scheduled to be a regular meeting with election of a new Board of Directors and routine business.  That plan was changed, the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr Opens a Dialogue with the Autism Society New Brunswick

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: New Brunswick Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Autism Advocate Recipients: Some Missing Names

I am not spurning the recognition nor arguing with the list of autism advocates recognized by the Autism Society Canada in partnership with the Governor General of Canada with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.  I do not seek medals of any kind or financial reward for my autism advocacy, I seek better . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: New Brunswick Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Autism Advocate Recipients: Some Missing Names

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Jean Lewis On The Struggle for Autism Treatment In Canada

The video and clip below are from the Medicare for Autism Now web site and feature MFAN co-founder Jean Lewis, one of Canada’s foremost autism advocates, providing an articulate, personally informed summary of the struggle for autism treatment in Canada.   Jean keeps the discussion on a non-partisan level and discusses the fight to . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans: Jean Lewis On The Struggle for Autism Treatment In Canada

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now: Shelley Davis Behavioural Consultant and Attorney

From the Medicare for Autism Now web site and the film Medicare’s Orphans: A Film About the Fight to Get Healthcare for Children with Autism in Canada an interview with Shelley Davis:

Shelley Davis is a US based Behavioural Consultant who has consulted to BC families for the last 15 years. She is also . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now: Shelley Davis Behavioural Consultant and Attorney

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: A Real Canadian Autism Hero – Stefan Marinoiu

Stefan Marinoiu is not a federal or provincial political figure, or an entertainment celebrity of any kind talking endlessly about raising autism awareness without taking any action to help the 1 in 88 Canadians who suffer from autism disorders.  Stefan is a real Canadian autism hero.  He has made courageous efforts to have our . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: A Real Canadian Autism Hero – Stefan Marinoiu

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Aurora Horror and Michelle Dawson’s Bizarre Anti Autism Advocacy Rhetoric

As an autism advocate in Canada I am very familiar with Michelle Dawson’s angry rhetoric in which she attacks autism organizations advocating for autism treatment for autistic children. She has campaigned vigorously and persistently against provision in Canada of ABA services for autism disorders. With the recent horror in Colorado many people have, rightly . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Aurora Horror and Michelle Dawson’s Bizarre Anti Autism Advocacy Rhetoric

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now Interviews Harold Doherty

This is the video of my interview on Medicare for Autism Now! Since that interview a US Federal Court Judge has ordered Florida Medicaid to provide Medicaid coverage of ABA for autism. California has mandated insurers to provide ABA coverage for autism and the US federal government has done the same thing in respect . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now Interviews Harold Doherty

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Jean Lewis, Canada’s Foremost Autism Advocate, Provides Firsthand History of Canadian Autism Advocacy From an Experienced, Personal Perspective

I strongly encourage anyone with an autistic child or interest in autism services in Canada to watch this video by Jean Lewis, Canada’s foremost autism advocate, who has lived and led much of the autism advocacy in Canada over the last decade.  Jean is extremely well informed, articulate and authentic. She has lived the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Jean Lewis, Canada’s Foremost Autism Advocate, Provides Firsthand History of Canadian Autism Advocacy From an Experienced, Personal Perspective

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Erosion of New Brunswick’s Autism Gains: We Can’t Just Stand By and Let It Happen!

New Brunswick made substantial progress in providing services to autistic pre-schoolers and students over the previous 10 years. Those gains are now being eroded. Eroded may be to gentle a way to describe what is happening.  Those gains are being dismantled completely.   The basis for the gains made in providing autism services in . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Erosion of New Brunswick’s Autism Gains: We Can’t Just Stand By and Let It Happen!