Facing Autism in New Brunswick: A Positive Adult Autism Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers

Minister of Social Development Cathy Rogers Photo Source: NB Liberal Site  On July 14, together with autism advocate Cynthia Bartlett and Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) Paul McDonnell I met with social Development Minister Cathy Rogers and 3 of her advisers.  The meeting had been requested by Minister Rogers when it became clear in ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: A Positive Adult Autism Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers

Minister of Social Development Cathy Rogers Photo Source: NB Liberal Site  July 14, 2015 Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogersat 551 King Street, Photo by Harold L Doherty On July 14, together with autism advocate Cynthia Bartlett and Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) Paul McDonnell I met with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: A Positive Adult Autism Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers

Minister of Social Development Cathy Rogers Photo Source: NB Liberal Site  July 14, 2015 Meeting with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogersat 551 King Street, Photo by Harold L Doherty On July 14, together with autism advocate Cynthia Bartlett and Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus (Psychology) Paul McDonnell I met with Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick and Ontario Fail to Address Needs of Adults with Autism Disorders and their Families

Image from a CBC  British Columbia article in December 2014 Reporting on  Ground Breaking of  Construction on the $28-million Pacific Autism Family Centre  in Richmond, B.C..(Pacific Autism Family Centre) British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick are 3 Canadian Provinces at different points on the adult autism care and treatment “spectrum”.  British Columbia leads with the beginning ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adult Autism Center Information Protest At The Legislature May 28 at 1:30

Autism Advocacy NB Event:  Adult Autism Center Information Protest Where: NB Legislature Grounds, Fredericton When: Thursday, May 28 at 1:30 Who: Anyone who wishes to advocate for an adult autism center as the first step in building a comprehensive adult autism care and treatment network with locations in communities around the Province of New Brunswick. ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

New Brunswick governments have been outstanding in establishing an internationally recognized early evidence based autism intervention service and have made some gains in autism training for Education Aides and Resource Teachers.   There has been no progress though  in establishing an autism centre for adult treatment and permanent residential care for severely impacted autistic adults ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 19 Year Old Non Verbal Autistic Man Evicted From Miramichi Special Care Home Because He Is An Adult

Huge gaps remain n New Brunswick’s adult autism residential care and treatment system. An autism specific residential care and treatment centre and autism specific group home system is needed to bridge those gaps.  HON. CATHY ROGERS Minister of Social Development HON. VICTOR BOUDREAU Minister of Health HON. BILL FRASER  MLA Miramichi  HON. STEPHEN HORSMAN MLA ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Elected Representatives: New Brunswick Needs Adult Autism Residential Care and Treatment

Dear Hon. Premier Gallant, Deputy Premier Horsman,Speaker Collins,  Ministers, Party Leaders and Government Advisers: Re New Brunswick’s Lack of Adult Autism Care: I am sure that you are all grappling with important issues in these weeks following a provincial election. Many issues have generated intense discussion and serious attention from all of our public leaders.  The ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Awareness Month Message: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults

Autism Awareness Month: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada.  As a father of an 18 year old son with severe autism disorder, profound developmental delays (like 50% of the autism spectrum according to the World Health Organization) and seizures which also affect many with autism I can tell you ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB’ers with Severe Autism Disorders Are Not Included in New Brunswick’s "Inclusive Community"

New Brunswick’s “inclusive” “community living” model is not a bridge to a better life for adults with autism disorders.  There are huge gaps in the model.  Group home staff are not autism trained and are not professionally supervised.  Those who don’ fit in, including those with severe autism disorders are excluded, banished to live in ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Alward, Cardy, Coon, Gallant: New Brunswick Still Needs A Permanent Residential Care and Treatment Centre For Severely Autistic Adults

Photo of my son Conor from a few years ago submitted to the Aquinian for an article by  then Aquinian journalism student Karissa Donkin. No progress in residential care and  treatment for severely autistic adults in New Brunswick has been made since that  article or since Conor’s autism diagnosis 16 years ago at age 2 ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Support and Care for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Brunswick – The Report of the University of Calgary School of Public Policy

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological condition estimated to affect as many as one in 88 children. It is now the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities. Many individuals living with ASD will need some level of support over their entire lives. In cases where ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: They Just Don’t Give A Damn: 2007 Adult Autism Care and Treatment In New Brunswick Was Abysmal – 2014 Nothing Has Changed, Still Abysmal

Following this comment is a re-posting of a comment I posted on this site 7 years ago in 2007 about the abysmal state of autism youth and adult residential care and treatment in New Brunswick, Canada. 7 years later and nothing has changed. Well, one thing has changed, a very important part of my life ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 8 Years Later: Autism Youth & Adult Residential Care & Treatment Still Abysmal in New Brunswick

In May 2007 I commented on this site about the abysmal state of Youth and Adult Residential Care in New Brunswick. That commentary included the October 2005 article by then Toronto Star journalist Kelly Toughill who is apparently now a Director and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Kings College ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Happens To Our Children When We Die? Maine Man Killed Himself and Adult Autistic Son in 2010

“Ginger Taylor  commented on the pressures on families with autism and on the greatest fear of many parents of autistic children: “That is the big question — what happens to our child when we die. …. We understand their needs better than anyone else. It really breaks my heart hearing what happened to this family. It ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 10 Years of NB Government Inaction On Adult Autism Care: Is It Possible Our Elected Leaders Just Don’t Care?

It is increasingly difficult to be polite when discussing the lack of compassion demonstrated by NB governments towards New Brunswick’s adult autism population. As the letter from Gary Mayes to the Telegraph Journal in 2005 demonstrates, after two years, at that time, of flat refusals to act, the refusal of our governments to address adult ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will New Brunswick Ever Act To Provide Adult Autism Residential Care?

The Campbellton Based Restigouche Psychiatric Hospital  is the Only NB Based Residential Care Option for Severely  Autistic Adults in New Brunswick June 22, 2013 David Alward, Premier’s Council on Status of Disabled Persons  Hugh J Flemming, Minister of Health  Madeline Dube, Minister of Social Development  Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities  Dear Premier Alward ...

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: No Meaningful Inclusion, No Community Living for NB Youth and Adults With Severe Autism Challenges

                                              Resigchouche Regional Hospital Centre As an Autism Society New Brunswick representative I attended a meeting held at the Restigouche Regional Hospital Centre a few years ago to participate in a meeting to ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Adults with Autism Disorders Not on the Political Agenda In Nova Scotia or New Brunswick

Conor at Black Rock on the Minas Basin, the eastern extremity of the Bay of Fundy, shared by New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and home of the highest tides in the world.  NB and NS also share a lack of commitment to helping autistic, particularly severely autistic,  youth and adults. Nova Scotia is receiving some recognition ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Justice? Severe Adult Autism Reality In California

Kim Oakley author of  Autism, Epilepsy and Self-Injurious Behavior has broken the autism feel good cliche glass, again, in No Justice for Severely-Autistic Adult in California a comment about Van Ingraham “a severely- autistic man who had his neck broken in 2006, while living at Fairview Hospital, one of California’s Developmental Center’s that serves the forgotten population ...