Senator Munson applauds reference of his inquiry into the treatment of autism to a Senate committee

– The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa / Rideau Canal) was elated to hear that his inquiry on autism has been sent to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

“As it stands now autism is not treated equally across the country and is not even really understood,” said Senator Munson.  “I would hope that the committee will urge all stakeholders in the health, education and social services departments across Canada to act on curing this debilitating disease.  Every day wasted in acting, means another child lost to autism.  This country needs a national autism spectrum disorder strategy.”

“This is a great day for families suffering with the burden of autism,” continued Senator Munson, “finally the mysterious issue of autism will be given the consideration it requires, so that families suffering with this can have some hope.”

Senator Munson launched the Senate inquiry in May of 2006.  The subject matter of the inquiry will now become the focus of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, co-chaired by the Honourable Michael Kirby  and the Honourable Wilbert J.Keon.