Friday, December 10, 2004

It all comes from the same pocket folks

Why didn't these parents of autistic children contest policy on the basis of education rather than health care in the first place? Is it a health issue, an education issue, or is it not: "our needs trump yours so give me some of your livelihood"? I don't mean to sound insensitive, but it seems that everytime you contest the claims of people who suffer from misfortune you run the risk of being labeled insensitive. And that's the weapon that is used against those of us who just want to mind our own business. This is an institutionalized weapon -- people use it without even realizing it is a weapon because the shot is so widely dispersed, inflicting small but incremental damages upon whole communities without slaying any one person. As I don't associate with a recognized 'group' or 'union' I suppose I will eventually be driven to the poor house.

There is a glimmer of hope for families with autistic children who were devastated by the Supreme Court's recent decision ruling that provinces are not obliged to fund treatments not covered by the Canada Health Act.

Canadian families with autistic children plan to announce a new legal challenge arguing that an expensive treatment is an educational necessity, not a medical one, experts say.

Now that the ruling has been announced, the door is open for a new lawsuit to be launched, one that could argue that Applied Behavioural Analysis should be funded by the educational system as it is in the United States, experts say.

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And just days after the ruling, parents of children with autism presented a petition to MPs asking the Parliament to amend the Canada Health Act to include the therapy.
Oh, so it's still a health issue? But then, 'free' education and 'free' health care are two of the pillars of Canadian mythology. Nothing comes for free except to those who know how to play the system.

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