WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010
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
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
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?
Fredericton Liberal Candidate Matt DeCourcey
Email received October 2, 2015 from Fredericton Liberal Candidate Matt DeCourcey stating Liberal Party supports creation of a National Autism Strategy addressing ABA and IBI access and coverage under Medicare:
Thank you for the email. I apologize for the delay in my response. I want to let you know that the Liberal Party and I fully support the creation of a national autism strategy. Our party recognizes that in certain provinces, autism treatments, including ABA and IBI are covered under provincial Medicare programs and are more readily available in other provinces. Health care access challenges like these are something that the Liberal Party is committed to addressing.
First and foremost, we need a conversation that goes beyond simply mirroring previously made commitments. We need a partner in the federal government that is committed to innovation and collaboration with the provinces and territories to achieve a modern, efficient, equitable system of universal health care. The Liberal Party is committed to that collaboration.
A Liberal government will re-engage the provinces after 10 years of Stephen Harper neglect. We will meet on Canadian health care and negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories, including an agreement on long-term funding. Furthermore, our party is committed to pan-Canadian collaboration on health innovation. We will work with provincial jurisdictions to overcome obstacles to innovation in health care delivery and access.
Thank you again for your email. I hope that I’ve helped to clarify the Liberal Party’s position on support for those living with autism. If you have any further questions please reach out.
Fredericton Liberal Candidate Matt DeCourcey
Email received October 2, 2015 from Fredericton Liberal Candidate Matt DeCourcey stating Liberal Party supports creation of a National Autism Strategy addressing ABA and IBI access and coverage under Medicare: Hi Harold, Thank you for the email. I apologize for the delay in my response. I want to . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Fredericton Liberal Matt DeCourcey: Liberal Party Committed to A National Autism Strategy Addressing Access to ABA/IBI
There is currently a group receiving money from the Harper government, purportedly to develop a “National Autism Strategy”. It is an election year handout from a government which has consistently opposed a meaningful role for the federal government in … . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304
There is currently a group receiving money from the Harper government, purportedly to develop a “National Autism Strategy”. It is an election year handout from a government which has consistently opposeed a meaningful role for the federal government in ensuring that autistic children and adults in Canada receive the treatment and services they need . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s REAL National Autism Strategy – Shawn Murphy’s Bill C-304
Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy
Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their parents live in. One of the most glaring examples of the need for national autism medical coverage is in the province I once called Canada’s Autism Wasteland province. Since that commentary on September 2, 2007 little progress appears to have been made judging by the Global story by Amber Rockliffe: Saskatchewan families moving due to lack of autism funding. Rockliffe reports of Saskachewan families leaving the province to find treatment for their children’s autism disorders; treatment which is not available because of long wait lists and is not usually delivered in sufficient hours to make a substantial difference in treating their children’s autism.
One of those families that has already made the move is the family of Sheri Radoux:
“Sheri Radoux, has moved south of the U.S. border to Minnesota. “I think the services in Saskatchewan are probably the worst, or one of the worst in Canada, “said Radoux. “We moved down to Minnesota and we got full-time therapy for all our children, paid and funded by the state.”
The Rockliffe report goes on to indicate that Saskatchewan spends half, approximately $7.5 million annually, compared to approximately $15 million, that Manitoba, with a similar population, spends annually on autism services.
Families leaving provinces, including the province many would consider the birthplace of medicare in Canada, to seek a better life for their autistic children in jurisdictions provincial and American where a greater value is placed on the lives and futures of autistic children.
Yes, Canada needs a REAL National Autism Strategy.
Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy
Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their parents live in. One of the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan
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Tom Mulcair, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition NDP & Glenn Thibeaullt, Sudbury NDP MP
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Mr. Thomas J. MulcairLeader of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada
Mr. Justin TrudeauLeader of the Liberal Partty of Canada
Re: Autism in Canada
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Photo from Ameriquebec.net
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