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Medicare for Autism Now!

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We, the undersigned will no longer accept the current state of discrimination in the provision of healthcare for Canadians with autism. Everyday we delay is a day lost for these most vulnerable Canadians and their families. Across North America, autism is being diagnosed at an alarming and increasing rate. Today, 1 in every 68 children are being diagnosed with this neurological disorder.

To end this discrimination and its harmful consequences, we demand that Parliament:

1. Amend the Canada Health Act and its regulations to include science-based autism treatment (ABA applied behaviour analysis, IBI intensive behavioural intervention) as a medically necessary treatment for those Canadians with autism; and

2. Require that all provinces through their Medical Services Plans provide this essential treatment for autism, with funding to be provided as necessary from the federal government.

As Canadian citizens, we will not accept excuses for failure from our elected or appointed officials and we will hold ourselves responsible to demand, organize, petition and vote for leaders who commit to this necessary and urgently required reform of Canada’s healthcare system.

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