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Petitioning House of Commons and 2 others

Tell Parliament ABA not Medically Necessary for Autistics!

Private Member's Bill C-218 amends the Canada Health Act to include Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) as "medically necessary or required... for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders".

 

It encourages the use of treatments with a long history of abuse against Autistics, and encourages a medical model of disability towards Autistic individuals. Bill C-218 therefore encourages seeing Autistic people as diseased in need of being cured, or normalized, without addressing the real needs of Autistic people. This oppresses the natural talents and coping strategies of Autistic people, and excludes Autistics from being seen as whole human beings capable of be active members of Canadian culture and society.

Letter to
House of Commons
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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I just signed the following petition addressed to:

The House of Commons of Canada, Members of Parliament, the Senate and Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

Private Member's Bill C-218 amends the Canada Health Act to include Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) as "medically necessary or required... for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders".

ABA and IBI is known in the Autistic community of having a long history of abusive practices, including electric shock, infliction of pain and unpleasant sensory, yelling, hitting and restraint. While these aren't practiced nowadays, the traditional aim of ABA and IBI is to make Autistic children as "normal" as possible by eliminating Autistic behaviour and interests. This includes interests and skills that are a part of the Autistic identity and which have contributed greatly to society.

Children who undergo these treatments are often not given a choice, and usually work around 40 hours a week on a treatment that has no conclusive scientific evidence that it is beneficial for them in the long run.

Also, the language in Private Member's Bill C-218 encourages negative stigma and stereotypes about Autism. Supporting C-218 means supporting a medical model of disability where Autism is a disease that needs to be cured, or else eliminated completely to put us out of our misery.

Autistic people do not suffer from Autism; they suffer from a lack of supports that truly meet their needs. Autistic Canadians deserve better than the oppression and discrimination that this Bill encourages. Please join us in opposition and vote against Private Member's Bill C-218.

Sincerely,