Thu., June 8, 2017

 

The new Ontario autism program will give all children under 18 years of age diagnosed with the developmental disorder access to the treatment they require when they need it.

It’s about time. Parents across the province have for decades been advocating for changes to services for children on the autism spectrum.

Yesterday’s announcement by Michael Coteau, the minister of Youth and Childhood Services, puts parents at the centre of the decision-making when it comes to their children.

In the past, many young people were deemed too severely autistic or too highly functional to be eligible for provincially funded intensive behavioural treatment. And many were even considered too old. Those who fell into these categories could get only limited behaviour therapy a few hours a week…

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