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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 . . . → 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 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: 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: Join Fredericton Green Candidate Mary Lou Babineau In Signing the Medicare for Autism Now! Petition

                          https://www.change.org/p/government-of-canada-medicare-for-autism-now Statement on Medicare for Autism now! While it is true that the tremendous advancements in medicine and technology have granted us longer lives, there are still distressing developments: for instance, the increasing number of illnesses and syndromes appearing and affecting our . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Join Fredericton Green Candidate Mary Lou Babineau In Signing the Medicare for Autism Now! Petition

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Join Fredericton Green Candidate Mary Lou Babineau In Signing the Medicare for Autism Now! Petition

                          https://www.change.org/p/government-of-canada-medicare-for-autism-now

Statement on Medicare for Autism now!

While it is true that the tremendous advancements in medicine and technology have granted us longer lives, there are still distressing developments: for instance, the increasing number of illnesses and syndromes appearing and affecting our children. The rates of attention deficit disorder, autism and others are on the rise.
The Canada Health Act has five general principles – public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility, but the federal government has not been applying them to support greater national consistency and equal quality of services from coast to coast. In addition, the federal government has failed to develop a national strategy to address such challenges as autism and dementia.
I recognize that it is vital to ensure that the federal government provides funding as necessary and I also think that this funding needs to be accompanied by strong federal government leadership. I pledge to follow through on our commitment to a science-based national Mental Health Strategy and this is something I will advocate for in the amendment process for a new and improved Canada Health Act. 
Sincerely,
Mary Lou Babineau
Green Party Candidate for Fredericton
Join Mary Lou Babineau in signing the Medicare for Autism Now! petition 

. . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Join Fredericton Green Candidate Mary Lou Babineau In Signing the Medicare for Autism Now! Petition

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism NOW! Campaign Kick Off Today!

Vancouver, BC – Today, the Medicare for autism Now! Society (“MFAN”), a non-partisan, not-for-profit, all volunteer organization, announced the launch of its nation-wide One in 68 campaign. “We will be holding a Campaign Kick-off this Saturday, June 27th, at Douglas College, New Westminster, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” said MFAN director and campaign manager, Dr. Sherri Brown, “It will outline the rationale for our initiative and lay-out our action and advocacy agenda leading to the federal election on October 19th, less than four months away.”
The MFAN campaign takes its name from the fact that, currently in North America, one in 68 children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “There is a national epidemic of staggering proportion happening in Canada,” said MFAN director, Jean Lewis, “And, unlike the situation in the United States, our federal government has to date failed miserably to demonstrate long overdue leadership in addressing this major and growing national health care challenge.”
The One in 68 campaign will seek firm commitments from those who wish to hold elected office in Ottawa to vote in favour of necessary changes to the Canada Health Act so that persons living with ASD across our country will have science-based treatment for their core health need covered by Medicare. MFAN intends to focus its efforts on  a limited number of highly competitive electoral districts in various parts of Canada. In Metro Vancouver, these include: Burnaby North-Seymour, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, Delta, Surrey Centre, Surrey-Newton, Vancouver Centre and Vancouver Quadra.
  
For further information, contact Jean Lewis at 604-290-5737 or at jean.lewis@telus.net.

. . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism NOW! Campaign Kick Off Today!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism NOW! Campaign Kick Off Today!

Vancouver, BC – Today, the Medicare for autism Now! Society (“MFAN”), a non-partisan, not-for-profit, all volunteer organization, announced the launch of its nation-wide One in 68 campaign. “We will be holding a Campaign Kick-off this Saturday, June 27th, at Douglas College, New Westminster, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” said MFAN director and campaign manager, Dr. Sherri Brown, “It . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism NOW! Campaign Kick Off Today!

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: 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: 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 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 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’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

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Lia Marinoiu On Life With Simon; Her Brother With Severe Autism Disorder

“Lia Marinoiu lives in the Toronto area. She is an extremely mature and articulate 19 year old sister of her untreated, severely autistic younger brother. She describes the impact on every facet of her life, currently and in the future, of growing… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Lia Marinoiu On Life With Simon; Her Brother With Severe Autism Disorder

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: Experienced Clinical Child Psychologist On Increases in Autism Diagnoses, Importance of ABA Treatment

From the Medicare for Autism Now! web site:

Dr. Glen Davies is a clinical child psychologist who has practiced in the Vancouver area for over 25 years. Today, over two-thirds of the children seen in his clinic are on the autism spectrum. In his 16 minute interview, Dr. Davies comments upon the dramatic increase . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Experienced Clinical Child Psychologist On Increases in Autism Diagnoses, Importance of ABA Treatment

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: 1 Year Limit On ABA Treatment for Autism Forces Mother to Leave Nova Scotia for Alberta

A Nova Scotia mother with an autistic son is planning to “go out to Alberta” where ABA autism treatment services are not, as in Nova Scotia, limited to one year.  Does Canada need Medicare for Autism NOW?  No question about it.  Nova Scotia, for those who don’t know, is also the province which became . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: 1 Year Limit On ABA Treatment for Autism Forces Mother to Leave Nova Scotia for Alberta

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: Happy Canada Day! Now Let’s Start Addressing Canada’s Autism Crisis

Happy Canada Day EVERYONE!  Including Canadians With Autism Disorders! I can not imagine living in any other country in the world.  As much as I love our great neighbors to the South, I would not want to live in any country except Canada. I do not pretend, however, that Canada is perfect, not . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Happy Canada Day! Now Let’s Start Addressing Canada’s Autism Crisis

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: ABA Treatment for Autism: America Leads, Lets Catch Up Canada, Lets Get Moving Again!!

At one time the argument might have been made that Canada led North America in terms of provision of evidence based treatment for autism.  Strong parent advocacy had made gains in encouraging provincial governments in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick to provide Applied Behavior Analysis treatment. Our federal government, however, refused to get . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: ABA Treatment for Autism: America Leads, Lets Catch Up Canada, Lets Get Moving Again!!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans and The Supreme Court of Canada’s Failure to Protect Children with Autism Disorders

On November 1, 2011 the film Medicare’s Orphans was released by Medicare for Autism NOW! It is an excellent presentation of the history of the fight for medicare coverage of autism treatment in Canada and includes comments about the Supreme Court of Ca… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans and The Supreme Court of Canada’s Failure to Protect Children with Autism Disorders