Here is another way you can help! If you would like to send the Premier or your MLA a letter but do not know what to write, we have created a letter that you can feel free to use. Feel free to add or edit it to meet the needs of your family! A list of Government contacts can be found here.
Premier Robert Ghiz
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Dear Premier Ghiz,
Autism now affects as many as 1 in 91 children, but it’s more than children. It affects families, friends and our One Island Community as a whole. Autism impacts more than one government department so a true Island Autism Strategy would see multiple departments working together but current supports fail many families when they need help the most. Families need real results, not another document that government ignores.
A true Island Autism Strategy would see the Health Department decreasing diagnosis wait times from over a year to less than three months.
A true Island Autism Strategy would see the Social Services Department giving all families the same information about the financial supports available to them to help their child.
A true Island Autism Strategy would see the Education Department reducing the up to two year wait time for early intervention services because a two year wait is not an early intervention at all.
A true Island Autism Strategy would see the Rural Development Department ensuring that families in rural areas have access to comparable service levels for their children as families in urban areas.
A true Island Autism Strategy would see the Innovation Department finding ways to make sure that the people delivering one on one therapy to these children make at least as much in wages as a liquor store clerk.
Think back to the election of 2007. Our families were promised that services would improve and that we would be put first for a change. More than two years later that hasn’t happened and that needs to change now. Our children can’t wait because Autism doesn’t work on a political schedule.
We ask that your government put these Islanders first for a change and work with families to create a better system for the children of today as well as the children of tomorrow.