FORD TORIES WALK BACK AUTISM PROGRAM CHANGES

Jul 29, 2019

By Jane Brown

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After months of protests from parents and an internal review, the Ford PCs at Queen’s Park are changing course on autism funding.

(Hundreds of parents, therapists and union members gather outside Queen’s Park, in Toronto on Thursday, March 7, 2019, to protest the provincial government’s changes to Ontario’s autism program. FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith is expected to announce on Monday that the Ontario government is reversing its direction on the province’s autism program and providing families with needs based support.

A Globe and Mail report says an internal review called for an immediate reset of the government’s strategy.

The new program will apparently work within a $600-million budget.

For parents, the change could mean their children receive grater access to therapy services.

This is a significant change from the Tories’ current plan that sees families receive a set amount of funding based on their child’s age. Parents of children with complex needs complained that their funding was significantly cut.

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