Long time "autism parent" and autism advocate Andrew Kavchak has fought for real treatment for autism as shown in this picture with the late Andy Scott the former MP and highly respected disability advocate from Fredericton, NB. Kavchak has criticized Mike Lake's motion for a Canadian Autism Partnership as a bureaucracy which would provide no meaningful results to address autism challenges in Canada.
As the information from the Canadian House of Commons Agenda and Decisions website page set out below indicates the opposition motion of MP Mike Lake was defeated today by a vote of 167 to 130 and this "autism" dad and long time autism advocate is happy. Sure the motion talks about an autism partnership and requests $19 million but there is no credible way of maintaining that the $19 million dollars would do anything more than create a new quasi governmental bureaucracy one which would not involve any of the Canadian autism advocates in BC, Ontario or NB whose efforts led to the establishment across Canada of early autism intervention services. For an excellent analysis of the lack of merit of the motion see the commentary More bureaucracy not the solution for autism treatment by long time, and credible, autism advocate Andrew Kavchak
The Motion sponsor, Mr. Lake, has himself not been supportive during his years in the Harper government of any meaningful federal role in ensuring that autistic persons across Canada have their complex health and life challenges addressed. Anyone interested in Mike Lake's non support for autism initiatives while part of the Harper government can enter his name in the search bar of Facing Autism in New Brunswick. You will find several articles on the subject.
I did attend a meeting of the CAPP team held in Fredericton and I was not impressed. I saw nothing beyond the usual divide everyone into tables then shuffle them around to make sure that no meaningful discussion could take place and no meaningful goals identified and advanced. My perception was that the CAPP organizers were more focused on establishing their organization than in advancing much needed autism services.
Autism advocates have achieved some success in parts of Canada, including here in NB, in early autism intervention and the NB model has been recommended for consideration by other provinces. We have also through parent advocacy achieved some progress in educating autistic children. Adult autism treatment and residential care is non existent and we need to focus on getting results for autistic adults and improving school services not building a new self serving bureaucracy that will assist governments in refusing to focus on providing badly needed autism services.