In the face of backlash the Ontario government has tweaked supports for autism services in the province.
Parents and instructors rallied across Ontario after a plan was unveiled in March that would cut autistic children over age four from a wait list for intensive therapy.
Liberal MPP Michael Coteau has announced that the program will now be fast-tracked to 2017 with successive payments of 10 thousand dollars being given to parents in the interim so that they can access ABA or IBI therapy.
NDP Child and youth services critic, Monique Taylor says she will tip toe through celebrations until the plan is implemented but that she likes what she sees.
“We need to ensure that children get the continuum of care, that’s what the minister said is going to happen today so I say it’s a win for families.”
As of 2017 the level of therapy a child needs will be determined by a clinician and provided by the government free from age restriction.
The change will add 200 million to the previously announced 333 million dollar plan.