Join us in an urgent call to the premier of Quebec and elected officials to increase funding for autism NOW!
Like you, we are troubled by the consequences of the underfinancing of support to families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Quebec. This unfortunate situation affects children, teenagers, adults and their immediate family members. The Miriam Foundation, whose mission is to enable children with ASD or intellectual disabilities (ID) to lead fulfilling lives, needs your assistance to persuade the Government of Quebec to direct more funds to autism as quickly as possible.
Over the years, the incidence rate of autism has risen drastically, far more quickly than are the public funds that are invested. Each year, thousands of children are diagnosed and, sadly, then find themselves on waiting lists, sometimes too long to get the timely care they need to benefit them. These children and their families will feel the repercussions of this lack of services throughout their entire lives.
Thousands of teenagers and adults still lack access to the support they may need at school. They continue to wait for places to become available in specialized residences, and they wait far too long for job placement opportunities.
The majority of their families cannot access the much-needed support and respite services.
This situation, which goes against the basic principles of our modern society, is unacceptable. Access to the full breadth of required services is guaranteed by not only the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, but also by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Following the Forum québécois sur le trouble du spectre de l’autisme (Quebec forum on autism spectrum disorder) held last February, the government promised to spend an additional $5 million on autism in the 2016-2017 budget and to present an action plan before year’s end. This amount is clearly inadequate, given that the needs are estimated to be several times greater.
It is time now to take action to obtain recurrent funding that meets the needs of our loved ones. That is why we are counting on you and the people around you, as well as the members of your organization and your network, to persuade the government to invest more.
Since the government is now writing its 2017-2018 budget, time is of the essence.
There are many means at our disposal. Please,
- Take part in the online support plan at http://www.miriamfoundation.ca/en/letter-to-elected-officials.html. This will enable you to send a letter automatically to the ministers concerned and to share the campaign with your network.
- Write a letter directly to the ministers concerned:
- Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review and Chair of the Treasury Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Premier of Quebec and Minister Responsible for Youth Issues email@example.com;
- Minister of Health and Social Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, at email@example.com;
- Find your local MNA’s contact information by entering your postal code here
- Encourage your members to take part in the online support plan.
We urge you to act now, preferably before the Holidays. Please note, however, that the campaign will continue into January 2017.
Your support in this campaign is vital. Without you, we cannot succeed.
I thank you for your interest. I am enthusiastic about working with you in the near future.
Chair of the Miriam Foundation
Mother of Vanessa, age 35, autistic person
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