Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another Autism Year Over and What Have We Done?

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun

John Lennon, Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

A year can mean a lot in the lives of children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. On December 5 2006 the Canadian House of Commons passed a private members' motion, M-172, put forward by MP's Andy Scott and Peter Stoffer. Since then the government has done precious little to achieve the goals set out in the motion:
Motion M-172, as passed by the House of Commons on Tuesday, December 5, 2006.

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a national strategy for autism spectrum disorder that would include:

a) the development, in cooperation with provincial/territorial governments, of evidence based standards for the diagnosis and
treatment of autism spectrum disorder;

b) development, in cooperation with provincial governments, of innovative funding methods for the care of those with autism spectrum

(c) consulting with provincial/territorial governments and other stakeholders on the requirements of implementing a national
surveillance program for autism spectrum disorders; and

(d) the provision of additional federal funding for health research
into autism spectrum disorder.

Since December 5 2006 little has been done to achieve the goals set out in M-172. Time was squandered on a secretive autism symposium that was NOT an exercise in community building.

The items requiring consultation and cooperation with provincial government, in particular the development of innovative funding methods for the care of those with autism spectrum disorder did not happen. Or at least it did not happen with any public participation or awareness.

Canada, under the government of Stephen Harper, another autism year over and not much has been done.

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