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 world's freest countries in the world. I am happy and thankful that Canada is my home. I am thankful for our freedoms, our beautiful natural environment and our national health care system that generally takes good care of all Canadians not just those who can afford the very best care.
Not much positive though can be said on our national autism front, a point that was reinforced by the death this week of former Fredericton MP, national autism champion and all aground great guy Andy Scott. Andy did succeed in getting autism on the national agenda with his private member's motion M-172 and tried to follow up to push the Harper government to action. Our Prime Minister and his submissive federal health bureaucracy though have done absolutely nothing to advance the cause of Canadians with autism, particularly those with severe autism disorders ... Canadians like my youngest son.
Notwithstanding lack of autism progress nationally though events of the past year have brought home to me all too forcefully that I am very lucky to be living in this wonderful Canada. When I could not breathe while waiting in an after hours clinic I received immediate care, was sent by ambulance to the emergency clinic of the local hospital and received acute care attention for a week at minimal expense. When Conor suffered grand mal seizures and an adverse drug reaction he received care for two weeks at the same hospital including 6 days in the intensive care unit where he received the medical attention that saved his life.
My family and I are fortunate to live in Canada even without national level autism effort.
I will continue to fight on the national autism front with wonderful autism advocates like the members of Medicare for Autism Now!
In the meantime I wish everyone a very happy Canada Day, eh!