Meetings with MPs

Meetings with MPs

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Earlier today I had the pleasure of meeting with Alberta MP, Mike Lake, father of an autistic young adult and advocate for autism support. We discussed how we can bring autism communities together to improve supports and services for all across Canada and I provided him with some information about and links to developmental approach organizations. Thank you for all of your work, Mike!

Thank you as well to my MP, Michael Chong, for taking the time last month to hear about families’ need for CHOICE in supports and therapies for autism when discussing a National Autism Strategy in Ottawa.

Submit your questions by May 2nd for Ontario’s Autism strategy!

Submit your questions by May 2nd for Ontario’s Autism strategy!

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.

Autism Acceptance

Autism Acceptance

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.

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

Have your say about the Ontario Autism Program!

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!

 

Dear Parents,

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.

To complete the survey in English, please click here

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!

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program

Registration is open for the final virtual Tele Town Hall about the Ontario Autism Program. Please sign up HERE and call in on Wednesday night at 7:00 to have your voice heard by Minister Couteau and the OAP director, Sarah Hardy.

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!