Hamilton politicians are backing a group of local mothers, asking the provincial government to reconsider controversial changes to services for children with autism.
The emergency and community services committee has approved Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead’s motion, which also asks staff to investigate ways to better serve autistic children within existing municipal programs.
An emotional Whitehead, the father of an autistic child himself, says the biggest fear of any parent is that their son or daughter is taken care of when they’re gone.
“We need to make sure our kids are taken care of from cradle to grave,” White told council.
The province has been under fire for defunding an intensive treatment for autistic children five and older.