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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

New Brunswick governments have been outstanding in establishing an internationally recognized early evidence based autism intervention service and have made some gains in autism training for Education Aides and Resource Teachers.   There has been no progress though  in establishing an autism centre for adult treatment and permanent residential care for severely impacted . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

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: Today I Voted For My Autistic Son’s Future; Today I Voted NDP

Conor 18 1/2 with severe autism disorder, profound developmental delay,  seizures, sensory issues and self aggressive behavior.  Few, if any group home  staff would be able or inclined to provide the care he needs, A residential care and treatment facility for Conor and other severely autistic adults with complex needs has long been . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Today I Voted For My Autistic Son’s Future; Today I Voted NDP

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the NDP 2014 Election Platform: A Centre for Adult Autism Care

NDP Leader Dominic Cardy at the NDP 2014 Election Platform launch today at their campaign HQ’s on Regent St.   As with each political party platform I immediately search out autism specific commitments or comments and the NDP have made a specific comment in a very neglected area in NB – adult autism care:PREVENTATIVE . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the NDP 2014 Election Platform: A Centre for Adult Autism Care

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?"

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, contrasting the NDP’s hard-fought Regina nomination elections against the stories of Paul Manly, Chris Rendell, and the apparent trend of federal and provincial NDP candidates being disqualified from seeking nominations for entirely insufficient reasons.

For further reading…– The Leader-Post reported on the nomination victories by Erin Weir in Regina-Lewvan and Nial Kuyek in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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: NDP Calls for Restored Funding for Autism Early Intervention Centres

Many thanks to Dominic Cardy, Kelly Lamrock, Amanda Diggins and the NDP who understand the essential point of any early autism intervention policy – ensuring that autistic preschoolers receive proper evidence based early intervention from properly trained staff providing well planned intervention.  Punishing the kids by reducing or eliminating their treatment  because agencies and/or . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NDP Calls for Restored Funding for Autism Early Intervention Centres

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?

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Talking Autism In New Brunswick With NDP Leader Dominic Cardy

Together with New Brunswick’s foremost autism expert, clinical psychologist and UNB Professor Emeritus (Psychology) Paul McDonnell,  I enjoyed a visit to NB NDP headquarters on Prospect Street in Fredericton this afternoon for a direct, candid and open minded discussion about autism services in New Brunswick with NDP leader Dominic Cardy and NB NDP . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Talking Autism In New Brunswick With NDP Leader Dominic Cardy