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Wednesday, April 1

Canadian Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism

As many of you know, my grandson, Brandon, has Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the high end of the Autism Spectrum. As I was surfing the Internet to raise awareness for Autism Awareness Month, I came across this proposal by the Austism Society of Canada.

The Board of Directors of Autism Society Canada, proposes a “Canadian Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism” as of March 1st, 2009 in celebrationof World Autism Awareness Day April 2nd, 2009.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and other relevant declarations on human rights should be considered. In particular, for people with autism the following rights should be included:

1. The right of people with autism to live independent and full lives to the limit of their potential;

2. The right of people with autism to an accessible, unbiased and accurate clinical diagnosis and assessment;

3. The right of people with autism to accessible and appropriate education;

4. The right of people with autism (and their representatives) to be involved in all decisions affecting their future; the wishes of the individual must be, as far as possible, ascertained and respected;

5. The right of people with autism to accessible and suitable housing;

6. The right of people with autism to the equipment, assistance and support services necessary to live a fully productive life with dignity and independence;

7. The right of people with autism to an income or wage sufficient to provide adequate food, clothing, accommodation and the other necessities of life;

8. The right of people with autism to participate, as far as possible, in the development and management of services provided for their well-being;

9. The right of people with autism to appropriate counselling and care for their physical, mental and spiritual health; this includes the provision of appropriate treatment and medication administered in the best interest of the individual with all protective measures taken;

10. The right of people with autism to meaningful employment and vocational training without discrimination or stereotype; training and employment should have regard to the ability and choice of the individual;

11. The right of people with autism to accessible transport and freedom of movement;

12. The right of people with autism to participate in and benefit from culture, entertainment, recreation and sport;

13. The right of people with autism to equal access of all facilities, services and activities in the community;

14. The right of people with autism to sexual and other relationships, including marriage, without exploitation or coercion;

15. The right of people with autism (and their representatives) to legal representation and assistance and to the full protection of all legal rights;

16. The right of people with autism to freedom from fear or threat of unwarranted incarceration in psychiatric hospitals or any other restrictive institution;

17. The right of people with autism to freedom from abusive physical treatment or neglect;

18. The right of people with autism to freedom from pharmacological abuse or misuse;

19. The right of access of people with autism (and their representatives) to all information contained in their personal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and educational records.

People who live with Autism have the right to live without fear of discrimination, harrassment and being ostracized for their disorder. Chances are you know someone with autism. Today, one person in 150 has some form of autism. I love one of them and chances are you do too. Please help raise Autism Awareness.

9 comments:

  1. thank you for posting this Mary, I wish more people out there knew more about autism. I think the biggest thing for us is that it's not something that's the end of the world. It's something that can be a huge learing experience.

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  2. Good Article. I have been reading Whitterer on Autism's blog, as well as yours. I have learned many things I did not know.

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  3. My, my, my! Could it be that Canada is ahead of America on this one! Perish the thought! You'd think with Civil Rights being uppermost in so many people's minds that this would be all too obvious. [Don't tell the American though.]
    Best wishes

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  4. God bless you for being such a caring woman, love you.

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  5. More power to you Canadians!!!! I think the whole WORLD should follow your example.

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  6. Thanks for reminding us to be aware and understanding. All the best to you and Brandon.

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  7. I do hope that this proposal does go through because I think every point it makes is a perfect one. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, dear Mary. xoxo

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  8. Thank you for making more people aware of this cause. The US should follow Canada in this one!

    ((( HUGS )))

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  9. Europe also has a charter of rights.
    Its a shame we have to have one as these things should be automatic.

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