WHEREAS autism spectrum disorder has been estimated to occur in as many as one in eighty-eight children; and
WHEREAS individualized and intensive early interventions are important for improving outcomes for children with autism; and
WHEREAS long wait lists are forcing many parents to wait up to two years before their children receive needed paediatric assessments and diagnostic services; and
WHEREAS a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach among key government departments and agencies is needed to ensure that individuals with autism spectrum disorder are provided with services that will promote independent living; and
WHEREAS a comprehensive province-wide strategy for autism spectrum disorder will decrease the lifetime costs of treating and providing services for persons with autism;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House of Assembly urges the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to, in consultation with parents, advocates, educators, health care providers, and experts in the autism community, develop and implement a comprehensive Province-wide strategy for autism spectrum disorder.