Resolution 2004.08: Treatment of Autistic Persons

Submitted by: New Brunswick Provincial Council

Whereas, Autism is one of the most common developmental disorders and its root cause(s) remain the subject of research; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 84th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government, in conjunction with provincial/territorial governments, to

•  adequately fund research to determine the root cause(s) of autism

•  promote awareness of the special needs of autistic persons

•  provide resources for diagnosis, early intervention, effective treatment, and family support systems; and, be it further

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 84th annual national convention assembled, encourage provincial councils to urge their provincial/territorial governments to address the needs of autistic persons by providing adequate funding for diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and family support systems.

Requested Members’ Action:

1. Write letters to the federal and provincial/territorial ministers of health; send a copy to your member of parliament/member of the legislative assembly and the prime minister/premier.

2. Become aware of efforts in your area regarding autism.

3. Support families who have children with autism.

4. Educate yourself and others about autism.