F.E.A.T. of B.C. -- autism and discrimination in British Columbia, Canada
The NDP Party did not allow this autismresolution to come to a vote.
1998 NDP Party of British Columbia convention -- resolutions
-98-26 TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISTIC DISORDER
WHEREAS years of scientific researches andfield studies have shown
that with Intensive Early Intervention (IEI) treatment, such as Lovaas-type
treatment, Children with Autistic Disorder could reach school age with
normal language and social development, able to participate in an
integrated regular school. It is also known that IEI effectiveness increases
with earlier intervention, that infant and pre-schoolers do compensatefor
neurological anomalies much more completely than do older children;
WHEREAS such treatment has not been incorporatedinto, or even
formally evaluated by Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education nor
Ministry of Social Services. Families without the financial resourcesare
outside the health care system with grave consequences for their
families and affected children.
WHEREAS all children are citizens of Canada,and the right to
Medicare must extend to medically necessary autism treatment for all
children who require it.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, BC NDP,urge the British
Columbia government to make funding available for the treatment of
autistic children, and education to provide treatment professionals,to
ensure that an autistic child's access to the health care system be solely
based on need and not individual ability to pay.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that BC NDP and theBC government
strongly urge the federal government to develop federal guidelines to
ensure universal, comprehensive autism treatment is made available in
a consistent basis nation-wide application.
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