The Bricks and Mortar Office of the Ombudsman 548 York Street,
Fredericton,New Brunswick, at the Staying Connected consultations,
in which I participated, Ombudsman Bernard Richard and NBACL
President Clarence Box both dismissed Long Term Residential
Care and Treatment Facilities for Autistic Youth and Adults as "Bricks and
Mortar Solutions" The Centre of Excellence which the Ombudsman's
office has promoted so heavily is not an actual center, it is a
bureaucratic fantasy which will not provide a place to live and receive
treatment for severely autistic youth and adults.
As a former Autism Society New Brunswick representative I met with government officials on several occasions to stress the need for evidence based, secure, autism specific residential care and treatment facilities for New Brunswick adults with severe autism disorders. Invariably government officials in both Liberal and Conservative administrations have declared that they were studying the issue but they have never taken concrete action to establish a modern, decent, facility with autism trained staff or with access to ongoing autism treatment. I have on this site posted several times over the past 6 years about the lack of adult residential care and treatment facilities for autistic adults.
Still nothing happens. Part of the problem lies with government and part of the problem lies with the community living ideology which governs education, health and social development departments and institutions like the NB Human Rights Commission and the NB Ombudsman's Office under its various names. All of these institutions talk about providing care in the community and talk about temporary care for the more severely autistic in more institutional settings. But they have no grasp of the realities facing severely autistic adults, none whatsoever, and NB youth and adults with autism pay the price for their autism ignorance.
Since my last post and email on this subject CBC New Brunswick reported the situation of an 18 year old New Brunswick autistic man who checked himself out of Centracare in Saint John in winter weather wearing only a hospital johnny shirt: