The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Senator to make public presentation on Senate autism report

The Autism Society of Prince Edward Island has announced it will be hosting a public presentation today featuring Ontario Senator Jim Munsona member of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

This will be the second presentation for the Autism Society of P.E.I. from Munson on Prince Edward Island in the past two years.

This time around his presentation will be updating the province on the Senate committee report entitled Pay Now or Pay Later, Autism Families in Crisis.

The report, which was released in March 2007, is an examination of the epidemic which faces a growing number of Canadian families and calls for the development of a National Autism Strategy.

“We’re very pleased to welcome back Senator Munson to Prince Edward Island. He has been a great ally and friend to those affected by autism spectrum disorder and we look forward to his updates on this very important public health issue,” says Nathalie Walsh, executive director of the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island.

“This presentation will be of interest to Island families, educators, health-care providers and public policy makers.”

The presentation begins at 7 p.m., in Memorial Hall of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown.

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At a glance

Who: Senator Jim Munson.

Professional career: Munson was appointed to the Senate of Canada in December 2003 following a career in journalism and public service. A two-time Gemini Award nominee, he worked in broadcasting for over three decades as a regional, national and foreign correspondent. Prior to his appointment, Munson served as director of communications to the Prime Minister of Canada.

Current committees: A native of New Brunswick, Munson currently sits as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights and on the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.