As part of autism awareness month The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin took part in an autism walk in Winnipeg last week.
Lathin spoke to Arctic Radio News and said it’s an annual walk that takes place on the legislative steps to inform the government to provide more funding for families that have children on the autism spectrum and for autism education systems.
This year’s autism walk was good and the two keynote speakers at the event were children on the autism spectrum that talked about how they live with autism.
Lathlin says there aren’t enough services for people with autism within our communities that are home based and believes that it would be practical and meaningful if the services were provided locally so that families won’t have to leave certain communities to access these services. Lathin acknowledged that there are some services but we can do better.
She encourages people that have children with autism to continue with advocacy, continue working with organizations that deal with families that have autistic children, and continue to ask politicians to advocate to ensure that funding for autism services are represented in the provincial budget.