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Letter to the Minister

We appeal to the Minister of Health:
Early diagnosis is an opportunity for children with autism

The Minister of Health has announced a consultation on the regulation on preventive examinations in children!

This is the last call. Poland needs a nationwide system for detecting early signs of autism, so that children with suspected signs of the disorder are quickly referred for diagnosis. This is very important for children and their parents. Without a diagnosis, therapy, which for children with autism is the only chance for independence, cannot be started.

Therefore, in connection with the regulation, we appeal to:

- A system for detecting early signs of autism during examinations of 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds.
The number of children with autism spectrum disorders is increasing dramatically. Autism is diagnosed in as few as 1 in 100 children (1/100). Early diagnosis and prompt therapy is a chance for children with autism to become independent. Autism is a holistic developmental disorder manifesting around age 2. That's why we're advocating that a system for detecting early signs of autism be included in the screening of 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. This is a huge help for parents who often spend years, alone, on their own helplessly trying to determine the cause of their children's disturbing behavior, often wasting time so valuable and crucial for therapy.

- Training for doctors and nurses in the knowledge of the early signs of autism and the use of the created system.

- Develop information handed out to parents of 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds in the offices of pediatricians and nurses. Such a universal guide would be a solid package of messages for parents about the early symptoms of autism.

The campaign has already had its first successes. It was supported by Zsuzsanna Szilvasy, President of Autism-Europe, which brings together several hundred organizations from all over Europe.

The letter was sent to the Minister of Health and to all of the nearly 50 institutions that are participating
in the regulation's consultation.

The letter was signed by:

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  To the address:
Ministry of Health
15 Miodowa St.
00-952 Warsaw


Prof. Ewa Pisula, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw
I wholeheartedly support the appeal to the Minister of Health to create an early detection system for autism spectrum disorders in Poland. Taking such action is essential to provide children with these disorders and their families with adequate help - much needed. I believe that the action will bring results that will make the lives of people with autism in our country at least a little easier.

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Prof. Katarzyna Chawarska Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center Director, Yale Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic
Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Lab

Scientific research and our years of experience in diagnosing and treating children leave no doubt that the age of the child at the time of diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders is crucial to the effects of medical and therapeutic interventions.
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Katarzyna Hall, Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Group on Autism
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Prof. Marta Bogdanowicz, Ph.D., Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdansk
Early diagnosis is a chance for early intervention!
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Małgorzata Rybicka, President of the Association for Assistance to Autistic People
I support the initiative.
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Dr. Patricia Krantz Executive Director Emerita, Dr. Lynn E. McClannahan Executive Director Emerita
For the past three decades, data collected athe Princeton Child Development Institute have shown that early screening and diagnosis of autism and early science-based intervention produce greatly improved treatment outcomes for children. 
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Per Holth, PhD Professor of Behavior Analysis
I fully support these actions (screening, training for medical personnel, and development of a guide for parents) aiming to create a nationwide support system for persons with autism and their families.
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Prof. nazdw. Małgorzata Lipowska, Pomeranian Voivodship Consultant in clinical psychology
The inclusion of screening tests for the detection of developmental disorders on the autism spectrum is an invaluable initiative. Only early diagnosis of the problem provides a chance for effective therapy.
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Wiktor Maslowski, President of the Board of the Federation of Associations of Employers of Health Care Facilities
We strongly support the demands contained in the letter sent to the Minister by the Foundation - IWRD, JiM Foundation and Autism-Europe.
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Beata Ignaczewska, Director of the Center for Behavioral Therapy
This is a very important action. I support it!
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Dr. Izabela Fornalik, Special educator and sex educator
I support this much needed initiative!
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