Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Today is "World Autism Day"

Today is "World Autism Day" and lots of organizations and individuals are participating in various ways. Senator Jim Munson is holding a press conference this morning on parliament hill calling on the federal government to recognize April 2nd as World Autism Day. He plans to introduce a Private Member's Bill in the Senate to ensure that Canada officially recognized World Autism Day.

As it happens, another Canadian from Ontario, Toronto to be precise has joined the "Medicare for Autism Now!" initiative. She is Deborah Coyne. Deborah has spent her life engaged in public policy work. A lawyer, university professor, constitutional activist, public servant, writer and the mother of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She has often been at the center of the great public debates of our times -she became a leading figure actively engaged in the constitutional debates that unfolded involving the Meech Lake Accord and the referendum on the Charlottetown Accord. She is currently a policy analyst with an international consulting practice. She will also be one of the speakers at our "Medicare for Autism Now!" event on Saturday, April, 19th in Oakville.

Deborah has written a paper-Autism on the National Agenda. You can access it by going to her blog:

It is long, but very worthwhile reading. She nails two key points: 1) There is no constitutional barrier to a national autism funding arrangement, the Canada Health Act can certainly be amended, and 2) the main impediment is POLITICAL WILL....

Have a read...and welcome to the "Medicare for Autism Now!" team, Ms. Coyne

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