A diagnosis of autism or intellectual disability with severe behavioural problems can be a sentence to isolation, loneliness, frustration and family dysfunction. These people are, by far, the most underserved, often misdiagnosed and mistreated. Even when correctly diagnosed, their needs are long-term and expensive to support and treat.
Autism is increasing – and so too severe behavioural problems
Over the past 10 years, the prevalence of autism has jumped from 1 in 125 to 1 in 50. The demand for services for autistic people in Quebec is increasing 24%1 annually. Amongst people with autism and intellectual disabilities, between 10%-20% will have serious behavioural problems.
The public system does not currently know how to effectively address this challenge. There is also no new money to provide services for this rapidly growing group. The need for organizations like the Butters Foundation to help innovate services and better use the funds within the system is greater than ever.
The From Caring to Curing Campaign seeks to raise $3.5M to fund three important projects that continue our tradition of driving innovation in the public sector to meet the needs of disabled people in the Montérégie-Est region and across Quebec.
The From Caring to Curing Campaign will address the key issues facing people with intellectual disabilities and autism today:
- 12-90 years old: Respite for severe behavioural disorder and severely autistic people. Both conditions are tough on families and caregivers and they need a break.
- Adolescents and Young Adults: severe behavioural problems and autism are increasing, correct diagnosis, treatment and therapiesare vital.
- 0-6 years old: early intervention can help cure autism and increase the chances of eliminating dysfunctional behaviour problems.
The Government of Quebec is contributing $2.45M to the Campaign.
Join us and make a tangible impact on creating real and lasting change for the better in Quebec’s social service system.
“Given the increase in prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders over the last decade, and the fact that budgetary constraints on public service providers are also increasing, it is incumbent upon private Foundations and not-for-profit organizations to promote innovative practices for the complex care of individuals who are also the most costly to serve”.
Dr. Nathalie Garcin, Executive Director, The Gold Centre, Montreal, QC