Families of children with autism and related advocacy groups are questioning the Health Minister of Canada, Tony Clement for not providing a strategy for laying out treatment resources equally across all of Canada's provinces. Clement, in response has released a series of small steps intended for helping researchers studying the abnormality.
While Speaking in a Media Conference, Sam Yassine, father of an autistic child and a Families for Early Autism Treatment advocacy group member, said that, 'Parents across the board, they are tired of waiting," adding that, 'We need action now. Enough time wasted on raising autism awareness.'
Mr. Clement, while addressing the media persons said: 'Today's new initiatives will contribute to laying foundations to improve our understanding of autism and its prevalence." He added that though there is no agreement between the provincial and federal governments on how to deal with the condition or on what the standard treatment might be, the government is "obliged to help unravel the mysteries of the disorder."
But Yassine reported that the government is slow in taking steps resulting in children suffering from the problem. The Association also suggested that the national government should come up with new strategies to strengthen resources and help professionals to ascertain early detection of autism. It is also essential to develop "behavioral intervention programs" throughout the provinces to help children and families affected with autism.