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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment

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

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the PC Election 2014 Platform: No Adult Autism Care, More Harmful Forced Classroom Inclusion of Severely Autistic Students

The PC Plan for New Brunswick does not include any provisions that will help severely autistic students or adults, the same people who have been harmed by PC policies during the Alward-Porter-Carr administration.  In fact the the Platform brags about the Gordon Porter-Jody Carr harmful, discriminatory, inclusion remake and is silent on the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the PC Election 2014 Platform: No Adult Autism Care, More Harmful Forced Classroom Inclusion of Severely Autistic Students

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB Adult Autism Residential Care Facility Needed: "It Is More Than Overdue" "When Will They Ever Learn?"

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?"

The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John) Conservative leader David Alward is running away from the CBC . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

I’m in New Brunswick for a couple weeks, so might as well take a shot at the Tories while I’m here. With the writ formally dropping tomorrow, and signs going up across the province (I’ve seen probably about a dozen already driving around Saint John)&nb… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: New Brunswick Conservative’s pull out of leaders debate – don’t want to talk about the David Alward record?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?

New Brunswick has made progress in early intervention and student autism services but adult autistic needs, particularly severely autistic adults, have been ignored, completely ignored during the last 4 years.  The article below originally appeared during the last provincial election period posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.   Zero progress, absolutely zero progress has been seen . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?

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

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

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Is that Dentist Sticking The Needle in Your Mouth Properly Trained? How About the Therapist Working with Your Autistic Child?

NB Premier David Alward whose government has Produced a New Autism  Intervention Policy with No Provision for Funding Training of Autism Support  Workers treating New Brunswick’s autistic pre-schoolers.  The next time you sit in a dentist’s chair will you have to wonder whether the dental assistant or even the dentist is properly trained? . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Is that Dentist Sticking The Needle in Your Mouth Properly Trained? How About the Therapist Working with Your Autistic Child?

Alberta Diary: Dunderdale’s departure relocates Redford deeper in premiers’ popularity sub-basement

Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you. Not necessarily a good thing with certain dancing partners! There’s just no way actual Canadian premiers, no matter whom they’re dancing with, ever look this good! Below: unpopular dance partners Alison Redford, premier of Alberta, Greg Selinger of Manitoba and all-but-departed Kathy Dunderdale . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dunderdale’s departure relocates Redford deeper in premiers’ popularity sub-basement

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will New Brunswick Ever Act To Provide Adult Autism Residential Care?

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?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Pipelines before persons with developmental disabilities?

TweetFresh from a surprise election win, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark‘s government formally announced its opposition this week to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that would carry bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat. A controversial issue during the heated election campaign, BC Environment Minister Terry Lake told the media that evidence supporting the pipeline “simply is . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Pipelines before persons with developmental disabilities?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick: An Open Letter to Premier David Alward

  May 6, 2013

Honourable Premier David Alward Respected Cabinet Ministers and Party Leaders Dear Premier Alward

I am the Acting President of the Autism Society New Brunswick  and a parent that was involved, with many  other parents, in the advocacy that led to the establishment of the UNB-CEL autism intervention training program, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick: An Open Letter to Premier David Alward

Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

Alison Redford’s approval ratings have fallen to “Stelmachian” levels

Angus Reid has released their quarterly Premier approval ratings. As per usual, Brad Wall is more popular than God, and everyone else is a little more human:

Wall (SK): 64% approve, 28% disapprove Alward (NB): 41% approve, 50% disapprove Selinger (MB): 38% approve, 49% . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Parent Advocacy and the ASNB AGM March 23 – Our Voices Must Be Heard!

Parents and others affected by autism disorders in New Brunswick are invited, and  asked, to attend the ASNB 2013 AGM this Saturday March 2013 at MacLaggan Hall UNB Fredericton formally beginning at 12:30, but open for discussion at 11:00 am.  Autism families have been excluded from government autism decisions, we are no longer . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Parent Advocacy and the ASNB AGM March 23 – Our Voices Must Be Heard!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick’s Extreme Inclusion Fantasy Harms Some Children With Severe Autism Challenges

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr   EECD/NBACL Event Focus on Inclusion: Walking in our shoes. Minister Carr spoke for 40 minutes, repeating the word  inclusion 30 – 40 times but never mentioning  evidence based  accommodation of individual needs and challenges 

Premier David Alward’s government has transferred control over New Brunswick education policies and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick’s Extreme Inclusion Fantasy Harms Some Children With Severe Autism Challenges

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: No Meaningful Inclusion, No Community Living for NB Youth and Adults With Severe Autism Challenges

                                              Resigchouche Regional Hospital Centre

As an Autism Society New Brunswick representative I attended a meeting held at the Restigouche Regional Hospital Centre a few years ago to participate in a . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: No Meaningful Inclusion, No Community Living for NB Youth and Adults With Severe Autism Challenges

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: When did Alberta become a have-not province?

TweetEighteen days ago, Alberta became a have-not province. Eighteen days ago, Premier Alison Redford appeared on Albertans television screens to warn them of the notorious “bitumen bubble” that has been keeping the price of our oil down. Today, after eighteen days of political spin about deep budget cuts and tough economic times, it would be . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: When did Alberta become a have-not province?

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism Society New Brunswick Invitation to Premier Alward, Ministers, Opposition Leaders to Attend ASNB AGM

February 7, 2013

Dear Honourable Premier Alward,  Honourable Ministers,  Respected Leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green Parties of New Brunswick You are all respectfully invited to attend the 2013 annual meeting of the Autism Society New Brunswick scheduled for March 23, 2012 commencing at 12:30 at MacLaggan Hall, UNB Fredericton.  The . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism Society New Brunswick Invitation to Premier Alward, Ministers, Opposition Leaders to Attend ASNB AGM

The Canadian Progressive: West-East Tar Sands Pipeline: New Brunswick Premier David Alward Goes to Alberta

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: New Brunswick Premier David Alward really wants Alberta’s tar sands to flow to the world through his province. To accelerate Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dream of converting Canada into a China-dominated petro-state, I should say. Alward is currently on a three-day visit to the heartland . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: West-East Tar Sands Pipeline: New Brunswick Premier David Alward Goes to Alberta

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Bennett Report Card 2012: New Brunswick Hides Denial of Evidence Based Learning for Children with Autism and Severe Learning Disabilities Under Cloak of Radical Inclusion Philosophy

In Scares, Misadventures, and Reversals in Canadian K-12 Education Paul W. Bennett, Founding Director, Schoolhouse Consulting; Instructor, Mount Saint Vincent University; author, provides his 2012 report card on the state of education in Canada. There were some hopeful signs including the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Moore case in . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Bennett Report Card 2012: New Brunswick Hides Denial of Evidence Based Learning for Children with Autism and Severe Learning Disabilities Under Cloak of Radical Inclusion Philosophy

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Great Autism News in New Brunswick!

Great autism news in New Brunswick as the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training Program is being made available for the public.  (Applications available online.) The college program has previously been recommended by US autism experts Dr. Eric Larsson and Dr. David Celiberti. Dr. Celiberti in particular is very familiar with the program and had recommended . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Great Autism News in New Brunswick!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Premier Alward: A Request for Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick

Photo by Harold L Doherty, May 20, 2012

Dear Honourable Premier, Honourable Ministers and all other respected recipients:

The subject of this post New Brunswick STILL Needs a Modern Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment Facility is the title and subject of a comment on a blog I have operated for the past six years, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Premier Alward: A Request for Adult Autism Care in New Brunswick

LeDaro: Mr. Alward of New Brunswick pushing for frucking fracking

Alward is completely ignoring public opinion. People in the town of Sussex and the village of Hampton are rightly upset. They sure are worried about the quality of their water. Fracking chemicals can enter the ground water making it flammable. Who wants to drink that water (unless you want fire in your belly) or . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Mr. Alward of New Brunswick pushing for frucking fracking