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Montreal Gazette - Donation should help clear autism diagnosis wait list, Miriam Foundation says (Anglais seulement)
Un texte de Katherine Wilton | Montreal parents who have been waiting up to two years to have their child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or an intellectual disability received some welcome news on Monday.
The Miriam Foundation says it intends to clear the waiting lists for children who are awaiting a diagnosis of the disorders.
The foundation will open a diagnostic centre early next year that will allow a team of health-care professionals, including psychologists and speech and language therapists, to diagnose at least 500 children a year. Parents will not have to pay for the diagnosis because the cost will be covered by the foundation.
Some of funds for the diagnostic centre will be covered by a $5-million donation from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation.
At present, about 800 children wait 12 to 24 months for a diagnosis at a Montreal hospital or other clinics. There is then another wait, up to two years in many cases, for appropriate treatment.
“Our goal is to empty the wait list of all the children wherever they are in the public sector,” Miriam Foundation CEO Warren Greenstone said. “This is absolutely phenomenal news. This is a real breakthrough.”
Between the diagnosis and the treatment, newly diagnosed children will be assessed by an intermediary team that will be set up at three readaptation centres that are already established.
“This team will meet with the parents, get them to understand what they are facing and start to train them so they understand how to work with their children,” Greenstone said.
He said the province is committed to getting children into treatment as quickly possible, although no new money has been promised for two more years.
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