ASNB President Asks MP's to Support C-304 Autism Strategy Bill
Posted Sep 12 2008 11:31am
Peter Mackay, Rob Moore, Greg.Thompson, Mike Allen, Mark Eyking, Andy Scott, Charles Hubbard
Dear Member of Parliament,
Re: Support for Bill C-304 Autism Strategy Bill
As a mother of an autistic child, I ask you to vote in support of Bill C-304 when the Bill is subject to a vote in the House of Commons. Bill C-304, the "National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act" is of critical importance to families with members who suffer from autism. The Centres for Disease Control in the U.S. just recently reported that the prevalence rates of Autism Spectrum Disorders have increased to 1 in 150. By any standard this is a national public health crisis. Yet, not one province offers the core healthcare treatment for autism under Medicare and there is no National Autism Strategy to deal with this growing epidemic.
The government has recently made announcements of a National Cancer Strategy, National Heart Health Strategy, National Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Strategy, etc. Although the federal government announced some autism consultation initiatives in November 2006 and supported a motion for a National Autism Strategy in December 2006, these are non-binding and largely symbolic window dressing. Words are not enough. We need action. Please vote to refer Bill C-304 to the next stage in the approval process and let the Committee examine the Bill and do its work. Please urge your fellow MPs to support the Bill. Thank you.
To use the excuse, autism health care falls under provincial jurisdiction is no more than a cop-out.