TORONTO, ON – Today, Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood responded to the Ford government’s announcement on the state of Ontario’s Autism Program.
“Children with autism deserve to thrive and we have to #FixThePlan to ensure they are adequately supported in a timely manner, not a full school year later,” said Hunter.
The Ford government announced its plan to move to a needs-based program by April 2020. While this is a step in the right direction, there are many unknowns, leaving families in a state of confusion and disarray.
“The new needs-based program was short on details and won’t be implemented until April 2020, causing more confusion and chaos in the autism community. With the school year fast approaching, schools are no more prepared for more students with autism who require additional support in the classroom,” said Hunter.
After a year of poor decisions and a lack of transparency to Ontarians, therapists and autism service workers have been laid off and families are struggling to find quality support for their children.
“Ontario families depend on our elected representatives to implement policies that will enable children to reach their full potential into adulthood. The Ford government owes these children and their families an apology for this failed program – they need to #FixThePlan,” finished Hunter.