Ontario announces a new needs-based autism program

Ontario announces a new needs-based autism program

The Ontario government has announced plans for a needs-based autism program, while keeping the budget for the file at $600 million.

The government says the new program should be ready by April 2020. Those receiving therapy under the new system will receive a 6-month extension while the new program is rolled out.

Marg Spoelstra, from Autism Ontario says a national strategy would actually be the most beneficial:

“We want parents to experience –  no matter where they live in this country – that as Canadians, they can get the supports that they need.”

Spoelstra is co-chair of a newly formed Autism Advisory Panel for the government of Ontario.

Watch Marg Spoelstra’s full interview on why parents fight so passionately for the needs of their autistic children:


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