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House of Commons to Vote on Canadian Autism Partnership

May 18, 2017

The goal is to provide funding for research, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
Today in the House of Commons a motion calling for the government to support the Canadian Autism Partnership was debated. The motion is non-binding and will be voted on Tuesday, May 30, on whether to create the Canadian Autism Partnership.
Full text of the motion:

“May 5, 2017 — Mr. Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin) — That, given that: (a) Autism Spectrum Disorder (“autism”) is widely considered the fastest growing neurological disorder in Canada, impacting an estimated 1 in 68 children; (b) it is a lifelong diagnosis that manifests itself in a wide-range of symptoms, including difficulty communicating, social impairments, and restricted and repetitive behaviour; (c) individuals with autism and their families face unique challenges over their lifespan, often leading to families in crisis situations; and (d) Autism Spectrum Disorder is not just a health issue—it has overarching implications for Canadian society as a whole; accordingly, the House call on the Government to grant the $19 million over 5 years requested by the Canadian Autism Partnership working group, Self-Advocates advisory group, and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, in order to establish a Canadian Autism Partnership that would support families and address key issues such as information sharing and research, early detection, diagnosis and treatment.”

It is important that the Canadian autism community know about this motion, and let their Members of Parliament know that it matters. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Share this post to anyone who might be interested in supporting the hundreds of thousands of Canadians living with autism.
  2. Share this new Facebook post on the Canadian Autism Partnership with your friends.
  3. Take two minutes to take this action on the Global Citizen website to directly let Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jane Philpott know that this is important to you.
  4. E-mail, call of visit your own Member of Parliament to register your support. You can find your MP here.

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