An ABA lobbying group is proposing a National Autism Strategy to the federal government. The proposed ‘strategy’ involves funding only Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and having it managed by big ABA institutions, while excluding the voice of autistic self-advocates and eliminating CHOICE for families that could include other respectful, evidence-based, developmental supports, approaches and therapies. The proposal does not represent the needs of autistic people in Canada.
Let’s tell our MP that we are not in favour of a strategy that doesn’t understand autism from the perspective of disability and accommodation and instead is run by lobbyists. ABA is not ‘the only evidence-based practice’ for autism. Canadians deserve to have CHOICE for supporting their families. Please email your MP! You can contact Autistics for Autistics for a sample letter.
We have another chance to be heard by the government! Even if your question is not chosen, the more questions we send will send a message to this government: We want CHOICE in approaches to autism therapy. Ask a question like, “When will parents have a choice in therapy such as more cost-effective, parent-mediated models like Floortime and other developmental approaches?” PLEASE submit your questions immediately… we only have a 24-hour window for this event!
In partnership with the Ontario Autism Coalition, Autism Ontario is inviting people to join them on May 3rd @ 8:00 PM for our Autism Supports Discussion at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
They say, “We want our government to commit to keeping Autism Spectrum Disorder on the agenda in Ontario. Be there! Let your voice be heard!”
Featured speakers include:
- Michael Coteau, the Ontario Liberal Party
- Christine Elliott, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
- Monique Taylor, the Ontario New Democratic Party
- TBD, the Green Party of Ontario
Discussion moderated by Joe McDonald LL.B., Past President Autism Ontario Board of Directors
Click here to submit your questions. Questions can be submitted until Midnight on Wednesday, May 2nd.
This event will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend in person. Stay tuned for more details.
April is Autism Awareness month but Autistics for Autistics (A4A) promote Autism Acceptance. They raised their own flag on Tuesday in Toronto for autistic pride. Members gave excellent speeches and had some good conversations with City representatives and some members of Autism Ontario.
Their signs read, “Non-compliance is a social skill” (my personal favourite), “Nothing about us without us”, “I don’t need to be solved” (crossing out the puzzle piece logo), “Red instead: Neurodiverse” (opposing the blue used by Autism Speaks), “Loud Hands”, and “Not a disease. Not an epidemic.”
We share much in common with A4A including a demand for supports beyond “behavioural services for children” by this Ontario government. Please sign the petition under the PETITION tab to add your name to the list for CHOICE in funding for services and sign up for updates about supports that are respectful, supporting authentic development over behavioural compliance.
Today Autism Ontario sent out a survey for parents to complete about the new Ontario Autism Program. Please, parents, fill out this survey and let the expert committee know that you want coverage for more than just behavioural services! What about occupational therapy, speech and language services and the like? What about developmental approach therapies and approaches that are more cost-effective and incorporate parent coaching? Have your say!
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee provides advice to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on current research and best clinical practices for working with children and young people with ASD. In a survey in January 2017, we asked families to provide feedback about ideas that were important to them in developing the new Ontario Autism Program. Your responses were used to guide the development of the Ontario Autism Program Clinical Framework. Families identified a number of important ideas. We are again asking for families’ feedback on some of these important ideas to help us make sure that these ideas are clear and understandable in the Clinical Framework.
Please pass this link on to all the parents you know or work with! Let’s let them know what we need for our children!
Before calling in, please review the Position Statement of the Ontario Parents of Autistics as well as that of Autistics for Autistics (A4A). Finally, please see the last post about what was said at last week’s virtual Tele Town Hall.
We can make a difference and speak up for real CHOICE in Ontario for autistics!