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Petition to the House of Commons

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 500,000 Canadians;
  • Supporting an individual with autism is beyond the financial means of most Canadians;
  • Intensive, early intervention is proven effective in the treatment of ASD;
  • Federal and provincial programs fail to adequately support people with ASD;
  • Transitions pose severe challenges for ASD families (i.e. high school to minimum programming), transitions between supports are insufficient;
  • Canadians with ASD are vulnerable; and
  • Schools rarely allow specialized health care professionals on-site to support children with ASD and schools are not obligated to implement clinical recommendations to improve quality of life.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Create a national autism strategy developed in partnership with provinces, territories, and the autistic community, taking into account individual needs to deliver timely services to Canadians;
2. Seek multi-partisan support;
3. Collaborate with provinces and territories to create an act to include evidence-based therapies for autistic Canadians as accepted treatments as well as to create programs for major life transitions and expand housing programs for vulnerable groups; and
4. Collaborate with provinces and territories to encourage consistent service delivery of autism therapy services.

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