But Conor got the "hang" of it pretty quick.
Services include a large main residence, more than 50 community sites and homes, a research centre, a school and a daycare. Among other services, St. Amant offers an effective program for children with autism and for families who care for an individual with a developmental disability at home.
This week, Premier Gordon Campbell and Children's Minister Tom Christensen signed an order making an IQ of 70 or under one of the criteria for receiving services. They did so to do an end-run around a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that the province could not deny services to the developmentally disabled on the grounds of IQ. The reversal arises from legal advice following an appeal court decision and is described as "temporary".
McMartin crticizes the arbitrary reliance on IQ as opposed to more realistic assessments of ability to function in society ... or face real life challenges ..... and uses the examples of two autistic persons whose parents he worked with in researching Faces of Autism, one just below the 70 IQ cut off, will be eligible for services, and one well over that number who will not. The mother of the autistic son with the higher IQ points out that her son has serious problems with socialization and problem solving, alone he might have no idea what to do if a fire breaks out in his home. He needs life long support to be able to cope.
But being "smarter" means Schuman's son needs fewer services and is better prepared to face the world as an adult, right?
Wrong. Autism is uneven in its effects. A child with autism might be able to, say, recite long passages of poetry from memory, but the same child may not be able to tie his shoes.Pete McMartin called the Campbell government decision vile. I fully agree.
Police are asking for the public's help after a teen with autism went missing Sunday.
Albert Edward Smallchild, 17, was last seen at home on the 2900 block of 20th Street West at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The aboriginal teen, who is six feet tall and weighs 190 pounds, was wearing grey shorts and a grey short-sleeved shirt.
Police say Smallchild understands directions, but does not know his address or how to get home.
“We're very worried, yes, that time is ticking away and we're not getting what we need, and she's not getting what she needs,” Ms. Sayer said.
“We're worried about her whole future and what's going to happen to her in the end.”autism
" to tighten up all procedures and guidelines where children and young people people who are in the care of hospitals, residential centres, schools and other institutions to hold staff accountable "
"I want children to dream like anything's possible. This run is my way of telling children and their parents to never stop dreaming."
BurlingtonPost.com, July 18, 2008