Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Please Provide A Real Education for Autistic Children in New Brunswick

Will the party leaders commit to providing a real education to autistic children in New Brunswick by training a further 400-500 TA's through the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training program?

In New Brunswick there are approximately 1000 school children with an autism disorder. Many are essentially receiving high quality baby sitting services. But they are not receiving a real education.

These autistic children require one to one instruction by persons trained in autism. That usually means the Teacher's Assistant that many require for safety and for learning assistance. The Autism Intervention Training program offered by the UNB-CEL is endorsed by the Autism Society New Brunswick as a training program for TA's working with autistic children. Almost 80 TA’s are currently being trained in this program but that barely begins to address the needs of 1000 autistic children.

I ask the leaders of the Conservative, Liberal and NDP parties if they will provide a solid commitment to train an additional 400-500 TA's at the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training course so that autistic children in NB can receive a real education. Please refrain from statements of sympathy for our children's situation or vague, meaningless election promises. I ask you to provide this specific commitment as a binding commitment.


Harold L. Doherty


Unknown said...

My request for a commitment from the party leaders to train TA's to educate autistic children has now been sent directly to the leaders by email as follows:

"I would appreciate a direct statement from each party leader as to whether they will train an additional 400-500 Teachers' Assistants through the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training program. You may reply directly to this email and I will post your response verbatim on the blogsite or you may post directly to the blog site yourself.

1000 Autistic Children and their families are also New Brunswickers and they too deserve your attention during this election campaign. They too deserve a real education.

Harold L. Doherty"

Blogger Charles LeBlanc said...


Unknown said...

I wouldn't even think of trying to keep pace with you Charles!


Blogger Charles LeBlanc said...

lol....I'll blog your site later on this evening.....