Autisme et troubles envahissants du développement Montréal

Autisme et troubles envahissants du développement Montréal

November 17, 2005 07:30 ET

REMINDER/ATEDM/Media Advisory: 'The Hospital Killed My Son'

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2005) - Another victim of Riviere-des-Prairies Hospital.

Makenson Antoine, 16 years of age, drowned in the wading pool of Riviere-des-Prairies Hospital on November 10, 2005. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear. Makenson had autism and was non-verbal. While he was hyperactive, he was very affectionate and had no behaviour problems. His parents are in a state of shock and the autism community is in mourning. How does a 16-year old adolescent who knows how to swim, drown in 15 inches of water? What happened to Makenson?

His death raises important questions. Why was he hospitalized 6 months for observation? Why did the school board pressure his parents to medicate Makenson in order to attend school? Where was his Readaptation Centre which is mandated to provide services for individuals with autism? Is this a concealed form of institutionalization?

Makenson's parents wish to address the media to denounce what occurred to their son. ATEDM will outline how the various public service networks are having difficulty responding to the needs of people with autism.

Event: Press briefing
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005
Time: 10:00AM
Place: 4450, St-Hubert Street, room 324
Parking: Available at 4449, Berri Street

Contact Information

  • Autisme et troubles envahissants du développement Montréal
    Carmen Lahaie
    (514) 524-6114, ext. 3051 or (514) 574-1624 (cellular)
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