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May 11, 2006

Updated May 11, 2006

Thanks to everyone who responded to my call for letters to MPs, Senators and the Minister of Health. Letters do work - Senator Munson speaks out in the Senate today!

The transcript of the Senate Hansard will be available tomorrow...

So please keep those letters / emails flowing... now is the time they are needed most!

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Senator Munson Launches an Inquiry into the Treatment of Autism
Senate Wakes Up!

May 11, 2006
For Immediate Release


OTTAWA, May 11, 2006 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau
Canal) rose in the Senate today to launch an inquiry on the plight faced by
parents of children with autism.

“It is heartbreaking to see what families with autistic children have to
deal with,” said Senator Munson.

“Where is the universality in health care that Canadians are so proud of?
It’s not to be found if you have autism,” continued the senator from
Ontario. “The Canada Health Act does not specify autism treatment as an
Insured Health Service.”

“Autism knows no borders. It is time for the Government of Canada to show
leadership – in the same way that we have shown leadership with Canada’s
Drug Strategy or our Diabetes Strategy. We need a National Autism Spectrum
Disorder Strategy.”

Senator Munson hopes that with the support of his colleagues that this
inquiry may become the focus of a study of a Standing Senate Committee.

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For more information, please contact:
The Honourable Jim Munson
Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal)
Tel: (613) 947-2504


Call for a National Autism Strategy

To date no province has offered autism treatment under the Medicare umbrella. Those provinces that offer autism treatment programs under the Social Services departments are often plagued with unconscionable waiting lists or discriminatory age-based cut-offs.

It is time for the federal government to demonstrate leadership and develop a National Autism Strategy that would see fedeal budget surplus dollars transferred to the provinces specifically for autism treatment along with corresponding standards so that no child with autism will be left behind.

We are calling on all parents, family and friends of children with autism to write their MPs, Senators, and the Health Minister, to:

* Ask them for the corresponding study results in Canada and what are they doing about it.

* Ask them what they're doing about the lack of Federal funding for the treatment of autism.

* Call for the new Conservative government to develop a National Autism Strategy.

Contact info for MPs,
follow this link

Contact info for Senators, follow this link

Contact info for The Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Health:

Parliamentary Address
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 944-7740
Fax: (613) 992-5092

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