Monday, March 17, 2008

Videos of March 2, 2008 Rally

Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Crowd Gathers


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Scott Hean Introduces Rally


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Dr.Sabrina Freeman


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Dr. Melvin de Levie


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Awards


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Bev Sharpe


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Louise Witt


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Scott Hean introduces David Marley


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - David Marley


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Audience Watches Videos


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Duravka Skrijelj


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Dr. Glen Davies


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - David Chan


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Jean Lewis Part 1 of 2


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Jean Lewis Part 2 of 2


Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Scott Hean Closing Statments

Burnaby Now Newspaper Discusses March 2 Rally














Rallying cry: At a rally calling for medical coverage for children with autism, held at the Shadbolt Centre on Sunday, 10-year-old Ben Antifaev goes through a picture book with family friend Tricia Marzek while Ben's parents listened to the speakers.

Parents gather for coverage of autism treatment
Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now
Published: Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Parents are calling on the federal government to provide medicare coverage for an intensive form of treatment for children with autism.

The call came from Families for Early Autism Treatment of B.C., a parent advocacy group that kicked off its campaign at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts March 2.

Between 350 and 400 people attended the rally to listen to nine speakers calling for more treatment for autism.

"Effective autism treatment exists, and kids are being denied access to it because the government refuses to pay for it," said Jean Lewis, rally organizer and founding director of FEAT B.C. "Canadians expect that these kids' treatment is provided for."

Her organization and its supporters want applied behavioural analysis covered by medicare, Canada's national health insurance system.

Applied behavioral analysis is intensive, one-on-one treatment where a therapist breaks down learning goals into the smallest task possible and teaches the child through positive reinforcement and repetition.

Lewis said applied behavioral analysis is backed by 50 years of science showing it's the best form of treatment for kids with autism.

FEAT B.C. will target five federal ridings in B.C., offering support to federal candidates who promise to work towards increased medicare coverage for autism treatment.

"If you won't, we will work to defeat you," Lewis said.

When asked if Simon Fraser University's new autism research chair would help, Lewis said kids with autism still need treatment while research is ongoing.

"In the meantime, we don't deny people suffering ... from existing treatment, that's what's going on here," she said.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.featbc.org.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

March 2nd Rally Media (News 1130)

Parents of autistic kids press for more therapy

Sunday, March 02 - 03:51:32 PM Claudia Kwan

BURNABY (NEWS1130) - Families struggling with autism say it's unbelievable they still can't get enough treatment for their children.

They rallied in Burnaby today to demand Medicare coverage for therapy.

Hundreds of people packed into a meeting room are united behind the same idea -- if you give autistic children lots of intensive therapy, they can grow up to be contributing members of society.

If you don't, they'll be put into institutions once their families can no longer care for them.

They were brought together by rally organizer Jean Lewis of FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC).

She says kids with diabetes or cancer get whatever treatment they need, but funding for autism treatment is minimal at best.

"This is a healthcare condition. We want the treatment covered under Medicare, and we're going to work to elect candidates to the House of Commons who are going to publicly commit to doing so, " says Lewis.

There is ongoing controversy over how effective behavioural therapy is for autistic children

Stefan Marinoiu



This was just one of the moving videos that were presented at the Medicare for Autism Now! rally today.

March 2nd Rally Video (Global News)

Here is the Global News coverage of the March 2nd rally.

A crowd of 350 - 400 people turned out in support of "Medicare For Autism Now".

Stay tuned for video clips of the speeches in the next couple of days.

Thanks again to everyone who made this rally a massive success!

F.E.A.T. of BC

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