Hundreds of parents, therapists and union members are expected to gather outside Queen’s Park today to protest the provincial government’s changes to Ontario’s autism funding. Families of children with autism say the plan, unveiled last month by Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, will leave kids without access to the level of treatment they need. That revamped program kicks in on April 1st. MacLeod says she won’t be going to the protest on the lawn of the legislature because the tone of the debate has raised concerns about her personal safety.
The Canadian Press
From the CBC:
Under the changes, which come into effect on April 1, families whose children have autism will receive a budget in order to choose the services they want. Children under six are eligible for up to $20,000 a year, to a maximum of $140,000. Children over six get up to $5,000 a year up to the age of 18, with a maximum of $55,000. However, only families that earn less than $55,000 a year will qualify for the full amounts. The changes have some families bracing themselves for less government support this spring since intensive therapy for a child with severe autism can cost upwards of $80,000 a year.
Photo Credit: Lisa MacLeod via Twitter
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) February 7, 2019