Ford Government Denies Autistic Children Needs Based Therapy Again

Minister of Community and Social Services Todd Smith

Parents of autistic children got a hell of a wake up call to start 2021.  The Ford Government has introduced plans to move the Ontario Autism Program back to a “benchmark” system. What’s worse is that it’ll be ministry staff (in this case care coordinators) not clinicians that will be responsible for assessing a child’s needs in the Ontario Autism Program.

 

Back in 2016 parents successfully fought the Wynne Government for the abolishment of the benchmark system which was seen as a cost saving measure, and left many autistic kids without support.  The reindroduction of a benchmark system on top of the fact that it’s ministry staff that are determining the needs of autistic children is a huge slap in the face to all the families that have fought so hard for their children.

More to come soon.

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