The Ontario government’s plan to reduce autism treatment wait times by gradually eliminating intensive therapy for children five years and older is being harshly criticized by two Ottawa-area parents of children with autism.

“[It’s] a horrible blow to our family and so many other children that will be taken off the wait list, that have not even had the opportunity to get services through the program,” said Tanya Corey, whose four-year-old son Lucas has been on the intensive therapy wait list for 17 months.

In the $133-billion budget, tabled in February, the Liberals promised $333 million to “redesign and consolidate” services for children and youth with autism.


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