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World Autism Awareness Day 2014 – A Terrible Legacy for British Columbia

Usually ACT takes the opportunity in the News Round Up to look at the all the positive events that happened during April Autism Awareness Month. We can’t do that this year. Angie and Robert Robinson died on April 2, 2014, World Autism Awareness Day in Prince Rupert. It was several weeks before their family bravely brought their tragedy to public attention. One of the most terrible aspects of the deaths of Angie and her son Robert Robinson, was that she was looking for help and no one in authority offered her sufficient hope to carry on. There was no residential placement available for 16 year old Robert locally and his mother was exhausted.

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Families in Crises: news of the tragedy in Prince Rupert

The heartbreaking and preventable deaths of a mother and her teenage son with autism in Prince Rupert earlier this month (see Province article) has highlighted the lack of a well-developed strategy in B.C. to respond to families in crisis. On April 25th Global Unfiltered featured a discussion on the underlining issues we face in British Columbia.

The report on the 25th followed a month-long series by Global looking at autism: treatment, causes and the impact on families, featuring many families and professionals working and living with autism in B.C. Some of the stories they featured were:

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Autism awareness in Ottawa and the House of Commons

On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, M.P’s from all parties gave M.P. Mike Lake a standing ovation as he spoke of his son, Jaden.

On Parliament Hill throughout the day, activities were organized to raise awareness of M.P.’s and Senators. Organizations from across Canada have come together to press for more action to help individuals with autism and their families. Representing B.C. are:

  • Deborah Pugh, ACT’s Executive Director,
  • Wendy and Sergio Cocchia from Pacific Autism Family Centre and
  • Dan Goldowitz from NeuroDevNet.

Tonight Parliament Hill will ‘go blue’ to mark April 2, 2014, the 7th Celebration of World Autism Awareness Day since the declaration of the United Nations.

Article: The Road Ahead for those with Autism

In the August 22nd edition of the Vancouver Sun, Pete McMartin wrote a column about adulthood, vocation and persons with autism and the challenges that persons with autism face and their parents’ fears for the future.

ACT hosts resources for young adults transitioning and for adults on the spectrum. In June of 2013, there was a vocational conference in Calgary, and their website has video of some of those speakers.

ACT is working to develop and find more resources related to adulthood. If you have questions, ideas or know of resources on this topic, please email [email protected] or call toll-free 1-866-939-5188 or 604-205-5345.