Rally for autism funding at Queen’s Park

May 18, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Hundreds of concerned Ontarians gathered together on the lawns of Queen’s Park last week to protest the Liberal government’s cuts to autism therapy for children. The Ontario PC Caucus used the opportunity to share stories from affected families in the Legislature during Question Period, repeating their calls for the Liberal government to reverse its decision and allow children over the age of five to access IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) therapy. In total, 12 different members shared a story from their constituency. As of May 1, the government has terminated IBI treatment for those five and above, despite IBI being considered an effective and life-changing treatment for many. By the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ own numbers, approximately 85 per cent of children who receive IBI therapy are over the age cut-off.  Simcoe–Grey MPP, Jim Wilson, was on hand for the protest.

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