The Canadian Autism Partnership Project (CAPP) has generated much discussion in political arenas recently, and garnered significant press coverage over the last few weeks. The Hon. Mike Lake, PC, MP, Edmonton-Wetaskiwin bolstered by your support, has been a staunch advocate for CAP these many months. Unfortunately, the motion to establish the Partnership was ultimately defeated in the House of Commons on May 30, 2017.
Here at the Centre, we share the disappointment of our memberships and the many individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across a lifespan. We recognize funding challenges for governments at all levels. We remain committed, along with our colleagues and peers across Canada, to continue to work closely with government partners, lobbying for, supporting, and sharing the need for ongoing funding for programs and services that serve the best interests of the clients and community we are so proud to serve.
The CAP Project supports a national strategy that we really need. The Partnership would unify services across the country and respond most effectively to increases in the frequency of diagnosis, and an aging population of adults left with very few programs and supports. The sharing of innovative approaches and best practices facilitated by the CAP Project would reduce escalating program delivery costs, and assist service providers in meeting the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Ultimately, we accomplish more together, than in isolation. The CAP Project presented a reasonable and achievable means of doing so.
We thank you for adding your support, and your voice to recent social media and letter writing campaigns directed at local MPs, the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister himself. While the outcome of the vote was not the one we had hoped for, we did succeed in presenting a strong, united voice on the matter of required funding in support of individuals with ASD and their families. Watch for updates about CAPP on our website and in the news, and please continue to demonstrate your support for CAPP on social media and in correspondence and conversation with elected officials. Find out more about CAPP at www.capproject.ca/
More CAPP in the news:
Live streaming my question in Question Period regarding the Canadian Autism Partnership, followed shortly afterwards by the vote in the House of Commons. How will your Member of Parliament vote? Find out here!
Posted by Mike Lake on Tuesday, May 30, 2017