With autism awareness month drawing to a close MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio about what the federal government should do to support people on the autism spectrum and their families across the country.
Ashton says the federal government needs to be a partner in supporting provinces and communities in offering services and that there needs to be proper support in terms of health and education and people need to acknowledge just how increasingly common autism really is and how important it is to ensure that funding is in place to support those on the spectrum.
The NDP’s supported a motion calling for a Canadian Autism Partnership and they looked at ways that they can work with advocates to ensure that services are in place. The NDP’S also supported a motion put forward by the Conservatives on autism which was defeated by the Liberal Government.
For The NDP they have been outspoken on the need for federal leadership on autism and it’s something they will continue to advocate for and they firmly believe that the government needs to enact a strategy for people on the spectrum and back it up with the much needed funding.