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.
The Spring edition of the Autism D.A.T.A. bulletin is available! This issue features a new assessment protocol, a new developmental boarding school, new research, parent course, conferences, advocacy & podcast. CLICK HERE to view the Spring 2018 bulletin. You can also SIGN UP to receive an email when the next Bulletin is published.
A study out of MIT published in February’s psychological Science online found that back-and-forth exchanges between parent and child—that is, engaging children in conversation—is what boosts the brain’s response to language. Floortime coaches parents how to do exactly this: increase the gestural communication that uses the sensory and motor systems to promote these circles of communication in “conversation” between parent & child.