Monday, September 15, 2008

Medicare for Autism Now! Rally - Saturday, October 4th, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Medicare for Autism Now! Rally

Saturday, October 4th, 2008 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Eaglequest Golf Club 7778 – 152nd St. Surrey, BC, V3S 3M4

Who should attend? You – and every fair-minded Canadian you know!

In Canada, children with autism and their families suffer from political indifference. It will take the sustained energy and dedication of EVERY CANADIAN who desires a just society to correct this injustice. For our children’s sake, and the sake of future generations, we urge you to attend this rally. Please bring friends, family, kids, anyone and everyone you know who is appalled by the gross injustice done to our children every day by the governments of Canada and its provinces.

Why should I attend?

• Despite a decade of lobbying, collaborating and litigating – autism treatment is still excluded from our universal health care system. Canadian families from BC to Newfoundland and everywhere in between are still bankrupting themselves in order to provide treatment for their autistic children.

• The current and limited funding provided through the Ministry for Children and Families could evaporate tomorrow with the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen. No legislation exists within this ministry to protect or enshrine our children’s medically necessary treatment.

• In 30 years of advocacy, the only two initiatives which have achieved ANY success for our children and families has been litigation, and more recently, focused political action. Both were brought by the members of FEAT of BC – a 100% volunteer organization.

• Autism is an epidemic of staggering proportions, it now afflicts one in every 150 children in North America, one in every 94 boys.

• Autism is an election issue in the US…Both Senators Obama and McCain have publicly identified progressive autism policy which can be viewed on their websites….Obama-“Every nation has a special responsibility to look after those who can’t look after themselves…” McCain-“Their lives should matter to the people elected to office…they matter to me.” In 2006, both Obama and McCain supported the “Combating Autism Bill” which allocated $945 million to autism research and treatment. The US federal government recognizes their responsibility to intervene by acting to avoid a major health and social crisis.

• Today, all over Canada, parents of children with autism and growing numbers of other fair-minded, but outraged Canadian voters expect our federal government to show leadership and act. This is not a right or left issue – it’s a right or wrong issue!

• We intend to let those who govern and those who wish to govern know that they will be held accountable, regardless of party affiliation, at the ballot box on Oct. 14th.

Come and find out how you can make your vote actually count on October 14th! It is now time for our federal government to recognize their responsibility to act!

Featured speakers will include:

Dr. Sabrina Freeman - Parent, founder and Executive Director, FEAT of BC
Jean Lewis - Parent, Director of FEAT of BC and The Medicare for Autism Now Society
Beverley Sharpe - Parent and FEAT of BC member
Dr. Glen Davies - Clinical Director, ABLE Developmental Clinic
Louise Witt - Parent, Director of FEAT of BC and The Autism Society of BC
Dubravka Skrijelj - Parent, FEAT of BC member
Dr. Melvin deLevie - Pediatrician, Vancouver
David Marley - Political advisor to FEAT of BC and Director – The Medicare for Autism Now Society
David Chan - Parent, Director - Autism Society of BC and FEAT of BC member
Dione Costanzo - Parent, FEAT of BC member

Bring the kids! There will be a room for them to hang out, play, and get their face painted. Parent supervised – please bring a small snack for your child!

For more information or to find out how you can help, go to:

Medicare for Autism NOW! Rally Poster
Medicare for Autism NOW! Info Poster


Mark said...

This sounds like a great event! I appreciate all the Canadian visitors I've had to my blog comparing the U.S. candidates' positions --

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

I was thrilled to have come across your blog. My co-writer and I have been advocating and voicing our own 'war' here in Montreal to bring more awareness not only to autism but to the cries of the families who need financial help from our government.

With your permission, we would love to include any updates you might have in our own blog:

Our website is:

Lea Schizas & Litsa Kamateros