John Tory Autism Fact Check: Who Sued Who?



    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - As John Tory held one of the most negative
campaign launches in the history of Ontario politics, he also continued his
revisionist approach to how the Conservatives treated children with autism in
Ontario.
    Today Tory incorrectly claimed that autism lawsuits were started by the
McGuinty government. He said the government "turned around and sued them
(parents of autistic children) in court."

    Fact Check:

    Who filed the lawsuit against who?

    On November 24, 1999, a group of families with autistic children filed a
lawsuit against the Conservative government. One of the parents said: "The
government is just trying to save money by excluding older children. We aren't
going to accept that our children's health would be compromised in this way."
    The suit finally went to court in April 2003, still under the
Conservative government. It was one more mess the Conservatives left behind to
be cleaned up.

    What did McGuinty Liberals promise?

    "The Ontario Liberals support extending autism treatment beyond the age
of six. In government, my team and I will work with clinical directors,
parents, teachers and school boards to devise a feasible way in which autistic
children in our province can get the support and treatment they need. That
includes children over the age of six."
    Neither the Conservatives nor NDP even mentioned the word "autism" in
their 2003 election platforms.

    What did McGuinty Liberals deliver?

    We ended the unfair Conservative age cut off. Now kids have access to
autism treatment beyond the age of 6. We also more than tripled our investment
in autism services, more than doubled the number of children being served,
created a new college program to train more therapists, and are for the first
time expanding IBI into schools.

    Here's what one parent of an autistic child says now

    "I am very pleased that over 200 additional IBI spots have been funded
while children over age 6 continue to remain in this program. I have
confidence that Minister Chambers and her ministry will ensure that families
will be able to access these services quickly and that children will be
receiving high quality treatment." - Tammy Star, parent of an autistic child
(Ministry of Children and Youth Services press release, August 17, 2007)





For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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