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

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