Ontario is seeking the advice of parents and experts as it introduces more supports for children with autism following backlash over its original program that based funding solely on age and family income.
Ontario parents who receive $252,000 a year for full-time intensive behavioural therapy for their three young sons fear the impact of changes coming to the province’s autism program that would slash their funding by 88 per cent.
Ontario's social services minister opened the door Thursday to giving more funding to children with more severe autism, which an advocacy group described as a 'huge concession' in the province's controversial plan.
School boards will get additional money to support students with autism, Ontario's education minister announced Monday, as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.
Hundreds of families and advocates of children with autism protested at the Ontario legislature Thursday to plead with the government to reverse changes they say will leave kids without the therapy they need.
Ontario school principals say their staff lack the necessary medical and professional training to deal with autistic children who could be spending more time in classrooms due to recent changes to government funding for therapy.