The liberals announced a new $333 million Ontario Autism Program which now provides intensive therapy treatment for children aged 2-4, which, according to experts, is the most crucial developmental period. They also promise shorter waitlist times. However, those with children over age 5 on the IBI (intensive behavioural intervention) waitlist will be taken off the list but will receive $8,000 to pay for treatment. However, this amount would only pay for a few weeks of therapy.
This has devastated many families are they are urging against this change. Conservative Progressive leader Patrick Brown also commented that “autism doesn’t end when you’re five”.
The liberals believe treating younger children with autism (and therefore cutting off government-funded therapy by age 5) is more effective. Parents are urging against it. How do you feel about it?