Senator Jim Munson applauds autism research breakthrough

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The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), who launched the Senate Inquiry into the treatment of autism in Canada was overjoyed to hear that Canadian scientists have located the genes behind autism.


“I think that this is the first step of many needed to alleviate the crisis situation faced by families dealing with autism” said Senator Munson.


“All through our committee hearings we have heard of the importance of early diagnosis in the fight against autism,” continued the senator from Ontario.  “With this significant discovery, we can one day hope to counter the condition’s worst effects.”


“What we need now is for the Government of Canada to show leadership – in the same way that we have shown leadership with Canada’s Drug Strategy or our Diabetes Strategy.  We need a National Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategy.”


Senator Munson and his colleagues on the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology are completing work on their study into the treatment of autism inCanada and look forward to releasing their recommendations in the near future.