Up here in Canada it is very disappointing what we parents of autistic children have to go through to get services let alone have our voices be heard. I am involved in respite services in which we help families w special needs. I had a talk with a family about what they’re going through. what really struck me was the fact the child needs IBI therapy and we have a waiting list for 4-5 years because the government simply has no sympathy to put more money and resources into a system that really needs it. I know we want to do more but we are so handcuffed as parents. when you try and get answers you cant get any straight answers. It is sad how in our school system there seems to be less sympathy for special needs children. Having had a few run ins on this matter I speak from experience that it is frustrating to get them to listen to what you have to say about your child. We had an issue with going to a new school a couple years ago. I was trying to make the transistion easier for my child by asking to visit the classroom before I decided on this move. The school she was in at the time I had to fight like crazy for them to see my point in all of this. I eventually gave them a choice and they ended up accomadating my child with this request. that took a lot out of me emotionally to a point where I was not encouraged with the way these kids are handled. The reality I found out was the voice of these children are suppressed so much that they are not given any voice and the minute you speak up as a parent they try and do the same to you. I have gotten her into a special needs school this year that has been working out quite good. her self esteem is much more positive than it had been last year. In summary we as a special needs community need to speak and rise up and tell governments that these children are people too and we need to be putting more in place to help and stop the system from telling us to be quiet.