So I was reading through the news the other day (meaning, yesterday) and I came across an article from CBC.
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it as this only gave me a piece of the full picture.
I had not heard the news about this murder-suicide prior to this news of the funding being revealed. Many people probably have been following it, but my caveman-like days were taking a toll on me and for some reason, this story just went over my head, so I took the liberty of googling it. For those who don’t know much about the story either, here’s a more detailed link.
I’ll give you a quick rundown for those who don’t want to read the article. In a nutshell, what happened was that a father had killed his 11-year-old autistic son in Edmonton, and then took his own life, and people are speculating that it was because he was overwhelmed with the stress of raising a child with autism.
This tragedy happened in Alberta, really, too close to home. So now the new controversy is the fact that the amount of funding spent on the child was revealed, and also the fact that people suspect it was due to the lack of funding that became the ‘last straw.’
What goes through my mind is: Do you think it really matters that we now know how much funding was used? Is the Government actions and funding still partially to blame for this unfortunate event? Are we doing enough to make sure children and family with developmental disabilities are getting the support they need to stay sane and healthy? All these questions still linger whether or not we tack a dollar amount to the situation.
With possible budget cuts ahead, I’m a bit weary of what is to come in 2010 in terms of funding. And if this tragedy is indeed the result of poorly-managed stress as a result of inefficient (or insufficient) funding, do you think the public deserves to know just how much funding/support each individual case involving children with developmental disabilities is getting, even if it means a confidentiality breach? Leave a comment with what you think.