Having enjoyed the last week in the sunny Berkeley, California, it felt odd to turn on the car radio to hear the local disc jockeys discussing the tarsands and the merits of a pipeline that would pump unrefined bitumen from Canada to Texas. Being one of… Continue Reading →
I understand the outrage of former Youth Advocate Bernard Richard’s outrage over the Gallant government’s announcement that it will build a new centre for youth with complex needs in Campbellton. I have long criticized New Brunswick governments for sending NB adults with severe autism disorders out of the province to Spurwink Maine and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Gallant Government Builds Centre for Youth With Complex Needs In Campbellton Far From Most NB Families
During the 2010 New Brunswick election Dr. McDonnell, as noted above, was interviewed by CBC on the subject of adult autism care. The interview and analysis posted on the site are no longer available online but he stated at that time (bold highlighting added by me):
Paul McDonnell, September, 2010
“Our greatest need at . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Is 2015 The Year New Brunswick Finally Addresses Serious NB Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment Needs?
Dear Hon. Premier Gallant, Deputy Premier Horsman,Speaker Collins, Ministers, Party Leaders and Government Advisers: Re New Brunswick’s Lack of Adult Autism Care: I am sure that you are all grappling with important issues in these weeks following a provincial election. Many issues have generated intense discussion and serious attention from all of our public leaders. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment
September 25, 2014
Premier Elect Brian GallantProvince of New Brunswick
Dear Mr. Gallant:
“We need an enhanced group home system throughout the province in which homes would be linked directly to a major centre that could provide ongoing training, leadership and supervision. That major centre could also provide services for those who are . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Premier Elect Gallant: Please Develop the Adult Autism Care System NB Has Needed for So Long
New Brunswick Premier-designate Brian Gallant, grabbed from his campaign website. Below: Cranky old National Post opinion thingy Kelly McParland, age undetermined; Justin Trudeau, 42, getting off an airplane with some old guy, 62; Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, 59.
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Brian Gallant has a thin resume? Stephen Harper hasn’t held a real job since he quit the mailroom in ’79 or whenever!
The Liberal platform is published and there are no commitments to address autism issues, no mention of autism disorders. In particular there is no mention of any intention to change the current system of adult autism care from generic group homes lacking autism trained staff, hospital wards, the Regional (in fact the only) tertiary . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the Liberal Party 2014 Election Platform: Nothing on Autism – No Adult Autism Care Centre
My 18 year old severely autistic son Conor waits for his slow poke Dad while we were out on a trail walk (Fredericton North Riverfront Trail). NB has known for 15 years (at least) that an adult autism residential care and treatment facility is badly needed. We are still waiting. On June 18, 2014 . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB Adult Autism Residential Care Facility Needed: "It Is More Than Overdue" "When Will They Ever Learn?"
New Brunswick election 2014 is underway with the NDP, Liberal, Green and PANB parties going all out to replace the PC party. Party signs are proliferating around the city of Fredericton. The Liberal Party kicked off big time in Fredericton with special guest federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and provincial leader Brian Gallant. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will Adult Autism Care Issues Be Considered During #nbvotes 2014?
Photo of my son Conor from a few years ago submitted to the Aquinian for an article by then Aquinian journalism student Karissa Donkin. No progress in residential care and treatment for severely autistic adults in New Brunswick has been made since that article or since Conor’s autism diagnosis 16 years ago at . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Alward, Cardy, Coon, Gallant: New Brunswick Still Needs A Permanent Residential Care and Treatment Centre For Severely Autistic Adults
We don’t know what will make headlines in 2014. After all, most political predictions are about as accurate as a Forum poll.
So I won’t try to guess how 2014 plays out, but here are a few things we can reasonably expect to see this year:
With the new electoral map coming into force, all . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 2014: Year in Preview
The Campbellton Based Restigouche Psychiatric Hospital is the Only NB Based Residential Care Option for Severely Autistic Adults in New Brunswick
June 22, 2013 David Alward, Premier’s Council on Status of Disabled Persons Hugh J Flemming, Minister of Health Madeline Dube, Minister of Social Development Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities
Dear . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will New Brunswick Ever Act To Provide Adult Autism Residential Care?
This autism dad asks New Brunswickers with autism, or autistic children or family members or friends, professionals working with autistic children and adults or people who just plain care to register Liberal today and vote for Mike Murphy as the next leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party. I do so because I believe . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: This New Brunswick Autism Dad Asks YOU To Register Liberal Online Today and Vote for Mike Murphy