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Wilson shares autism petition

(February 26, 2019) Last week, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson was pleased meet with local parents of children with autism. In the meeting he promised to share their petition asking the government to reassess recent changes made to the Ontario Autism Program.

The petition reads as follows: 

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

 

WHEREAS the PC Government of Ontario recently announced plans to overhaul the Ontario Autism Program, implementing a 2-tiered age and income based funding model, and effectively removing funding for any significant duration of comprehensive applied behavioral analysis (ABA) from all children living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and;

 

WHEREAS in 2003 and again in 2016, previous age caps on comprehensive therapy were removed by former Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty and former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne because the age cap was recognized to be unfair and discriminatory and;

 

WHEREAS ABA is not a therapy, but a science, upon which interventions including comprehensive treatment is founded and duration and intensity of treatment are the key components in predicting outcomes - not age, and;

 

WHEREAS accredited peer reviewed empirical evidence in the treatment of children with ASD has repeatedly shown that for some children with ASD, comprehensive ABA therapy is best practice and the ONLY suitable intervention, and;

 

WHEREAS wait lists for services have increased in length as a result of the 66% increase in costs to administer direct service compared to direct funding, as reported by the Auditor General in 2013, and with the direct service model being eliminated with the Ontario Autism Program reforms, the PC Government has a chance to build a needs-based system that will help every child reach their full potential, and;

 

WHEREAS it is unacceptable for the Premier of Ontario or his Government to drastically reduce essential supports for some of the province’s most vulnerable children without consideration of their individualized needs;

 

We, the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Government to immediately reassess the changes to the Ontario Autism Program and redesign the direct funding model to be administered with a needs-based approach in order to ensure that all children with ASD for whom continuous or comprehensive therapy has been prescribed by a qualified clinician are able to obtain these services in a timely manner regardless of their age or family income.”

 

You can sign the petition at Wilson’s offices in Alliston (180 Parsons Road) and Collingwood (50 Hume Street) or copies are available online at www.jimwilsonmpp.com/services/petitions. To be presented in the Ontario Legislature the petition requires original signatures.

 

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