The gaps in service are very evident here in New Brunswick. A group home system with staff lacking autism training is supplemented only by permanent transfer to psychiatric institutions in Campbellton and Saint John. Neither the New Brunswick government nor its non elected partner the New Brunswick Community Living Association, which determines many of the NB government's social policies, want to establish an enhanced adult autism care network as proposed by NB autism expert Paul McDonnell.
The McDonnell proposal would see a facility in Fredericton near the autism expertise of UNB, UNB-CEL and the Stan Cassidy center which could provide permanent long term care for those with severe autism needs and could also provide expert assistance to the community based group homes. Money is only part of the problem. NBACL and the NB Government prefer to simply ignore the real life suffering of those with severe autism who do not fit into their rigid adherence to failed, non evidence based, community inclusion models. Rather then construct an actual place for severely autistic adults to live under expert care they prefer to abandon them to general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and foreign facilities most notably the Spurwink facility in Maine.
Linda Murphy was among the parents who fought for early autism intervention and autism trained aides and teachers in New Brunswick schools while in New Brunswick. Hopefully her advocacy for adult autism care in Ontario will help improve the lives of autistic adults like Ashley. Meanwhile, here in New Brunswick we too will continue the fight. Not because we want to but because we have no other choice.
Good luck and best wishes to Linda and Ashley.