OCTOBER IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH...
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a neurological with no known specific cause(s).
- In Canada, 1 in 165 children are born with ASD (Ten years ago that number was 1 in 1000)
- There are approximately 200,000 Canadians living with ASD, affecting the lives of many families.
- In most provinces, many treatments, such as Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) can cost between $50,000-$70,000 and are not covered by universal health insurance.
- Autism is a lifelong issue- For those living with ASD, their families and our country.
Over the course of 6 months and 5,500 kms the many sentiments I have received from those affected, their families, the support and service providers, many politicians, many businesses and many others who dream of a more inclusive society is that:
Hello Winnipeg! This morning, at 8:30am Terry and I run and rolled from the Perimeter Highway of Winnipeg to City Hall (about 20kms) where we were met by Mayor Sam Katz and Sandra McKay, Autism Society Manitoba.
- There is a greater need for research into Autism;
- A greater need for support and services for those affected by ASD and there families;
- A greater need for public education about ASD;
- A National Autism Strategy (similar to other health related issues); and
- ACTION from someone other then the children and families who deal with the issue 24/7
In the afternoon, Terry and I were invited to Sturgeon Heights Collegiate as part of there first ever Pep Rally. It was great that the weather co-operated! Special thanks to Marnie and Larry Wachs for including us in the festivities, as well as all the students, sports teams, cheerleaders and band for making it a lively event!
More events in Winnipeg are happening this weekend....I'll keep you updated real soon...
The Dream Continues.....And Rolls On....