Top of page
Misc

Ontario government delays new autism program until 2021

Little boy with disability in the glasses playing

The Ontario government says its new autism program won’t be fully in place until 2021, a delay that caused parents of children with autism to burst into tears at Queen’s Park because they say their children will continue to suffer without the services they need.

The Ontario government announced it is adopting the Ontario Autism Panel’s key recommendations for a needs-based autism program.

“We heard loud and clear from the autism community that we needed to partner and redesign a program together – one that supports the needs of individual children and youth and puts them at the centre of care,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

Aligning with recommendations of the advisory panel, Minister Smith presented key elements of the new program, including a broad range of services that will offer families more supports for their child’s specific needs.

Until the program is in place, parents won’t be getting government funding for autism therapy based on the needs of their children.

The first phase of implementation will begin in April 2020, to be followed by additional phases throughout 2020 and 2021.

 

You might also like

person reading braille person reading braille

Canada calls for proposals to expand production of alternate format materials

The Canadian Government is investing in programs that help remove…

a woman in wheelchair getting off from an accessible taxi a woman in wheelchair getting off from an accessible taxi

Interlake Region of Manitoba set to introduce Wheelchair-Accessible Transit System

The Interlake Region of Manitoba will benefit from on-demand public…

Child interacting with colored lights bubble tube lamp Child interacting with colored lights bubble tube lamp

Sensory room provides inclusive experience at Optus Stadium

A new sensory room at Optus Stadium, constructed at a…