Monday, October 29, 2012

Medicare for Autism Now: Shelley Davis Behavioural Consultant and Attorney

From the Medicare for Autism Now web site and the film Medicare's Orphans: A Film About the Fight to Get Healthcare for Children with Autism in Canada an interview with Shelley Davis:

Shelley Davis is a US based Behavioural Consultant who has consulted to BC families for the last 15 years. She is also a practicing attorney. She reviews two US laws – the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and how determined parent advocacy attained both. She describes the stark contrast in approach and delivery of autism treatment between California and BC. In her experience the only reason for improvements in BC was the result of the work and advocacy done by the original FEAT of BC (Families for Early Autism Treatment) parents. However, in her view, we’re still at the very beginning of the process. We need to continue to work together and have high expectations because it so too easy for children with autism to be pushed aside.

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