October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada and as it draws to an end I would like to say a few words about the Autism Society New Brunswick which is the only provincial voice for autism in New Brunswick. First, and foremost, ASNB is a democratic volunteer organization open to persons with an interest in autism in New Brunswick. General meetings of the ASNB membership are held at least 3 times a year in different locations around the province. Policy at ASNB is set by the board in consultation with membership; not by paid executive directors.
Notwithstanding its fiercely independent voice, ASNB was recognized as the voice for the autism community by government by enactment of regulation 97-127 pursuant to the Mental Health Services Act.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT
Filed November 14, 1997
Under section 12 of the Mental Health Services Act, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council makes the following Regulation:
1 This Regulation may be cited as the Mental Health Services Advisory Committee Regulation - Mental Health Services Act.
2 In this Regulation
"Act" means the Mental Health Services Act;
"Committee" means the Mental Health Services Advisory Committee.
3(1) The following mental health interest groups are prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 5(1)(b) of the Act:
(f) Autism Society New Brunswick;The ASNB has been a key partner in the UNB Autism Steering Committee and has participated in such committees as the Dialogue on Education Committee and the Ministerial Committee on Inclusive Education. It also participated in the ad hoc committees that were struck to examine the continued provision of tertiary care services for autistic persons at the Stan Cassidy Centre.