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Call for Improved Autism Services on Prince Edward Island

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We, the undersigned,draw the attention of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of PEI to the following; Whereas the most recent research by the U.S. government and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) indicates a prevalence rate of 1 in 100 children are now affected by autism; And Whereas on Prince Edward Island, Government's own data indicates that hundreds of Islanders are living with Autism; And Whereas lengthy wait times persist for diagnosis and treatment and ongoing staffing shortages are having a negative impact on service delivery; And Whereas the Miriam Foundation's Canadian Best Practices Guidelines state the time between the referral from a primary practitioner and the beginning of the interdisciplinary assessment should be no longer than three months; And Whereas the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island passed Motion No. 60 one year ago on November 20, 2008 which committed to address the challenges facing Islanders of all ages and the families/caregivers impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders; And Whereas numerous studies by government have identified the urgent need to upgrade autism services, including the Disability Services Review; And Whereas a year later no substantial improvements to services have been made to these services; Therefore your petitioners request the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island to immediately improve autism services for all individuals affected by autism by implementing a comprehensive Provincial Autism Strategy.




1 in 100 Prevalence Rate http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/05/health/main5363192.shtml PEI Government Autism Services http://www.gov.pe.ca/eecd/index.php3number=1027839&lang=E http://www.gov.pe.ca/sss/index.php3number=20680&lang=E Pay Now or Pay Later Senate Report http://www.parl.gc.ca/39/1/parlbus/commbus/senate/Com-e/SOCI-E/rep-e/repfinmar07-e.pdf November 20, 2008 Hansard Transcript http://www.assembly.pe.ca/sittings/2008fall/hansard/2008-11-20-hansard.pdf PEI Government Motion No. 60 http://www.assembly.pe.ca/sittings/2008fall/motions/60.pdf Miriam Foundation:Canadian Best Practices for Screening and Assessment of Autism http://www.autismcentral.ca/research/images/stories/handbook_english_web-final.pdf Disability Support Program Review Reports http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/SSS_DSRP1.pdf http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/sss_dsrfr_2009.pdf Letters to the Editor: Ask the Candidates to help children with Autism http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=29723&sc=104 Early diagnosis needed for Autism http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=180564&sc=104 Pay now, or pay later scenerio http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfmsid=295438&sc=123 Four weeks not enough training http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfmsid=291220&sc=123 Our daughter has waited long enough http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=296727&sc=104 Children with Autism need more support http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=296729&sc=104 Kids with Autism deserve better http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=297587&sc=104 Investing more in Autism help http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfmsid=298285&sc=104
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