TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ -
- Ontario children do not age out of autism services: In July 2005, the
McGuinty government ended the policy of cutting kids off of IBI
services at age 6.
- More children receiving service: More than 1,100 children are now
receiving Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), more than double
the number of children receiving IBI in April 2004.
- More investments: increased funding to nearly $130 million in 2007-
08 - nearly tripling the support for children with autism and their
families since 2003-04.
- More therapists: more than 165 new therapists have been hired since
2004 and the government has established an Ontario College Graduate
Certificate Program in Autism and Behavioural Science - 100 graduates
in 2006, another 100 expected by the end of this month, and a target
enrolment of 200 in 2008/09.
- Reduced wait list for assessment: the number of children waiting for
assessments has been reduced by approximately 73 per cent since 2004.
- More support in early years: the government is investing in training
1,600 childhood educators and child care workers who work with
children with autism through the Geneva Centre for Autism - a
$6 million investment over three years.
- More support in our schools: the government is investing in training
up to 5,000 teacher assistants who help students with autism - a
$5 million investment over two years - and is directing school boards
on the use of ABA, an effective teaching approach for many students
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For further information:
For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416)