The Facts on Autism: NDP had no program, Conservatives cut kids off



    Only Ontario Liberals have expanded program to all children

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - John Tory is desperate, and is now trying to
exploit parents and children with autism for his own personal gain.
    There's no question these families have a struggle. And there's no
question services are improving.

    Fact: The autism lawsuit began on November 24, 1999 against the
Conservative government. The suit finally went to court in April 2003, again,
against the Conservative government.

    Fact: Ontario Liberals promised to "support extending autism treatment
beyond the age of six. In government, (we) 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."

    Fact: Neither the NDP or Conservatives made any commitment to lift the
unfair age cap. The NDP never even had an autism program when they were in
office.

    Fact: The discriminatory age cap was lifted by Ontario Liberals. There is
no age cut off for autistic children. Approximately 60% of children receiving
service are age six or older.

    Fact: In 2003, 530 children received IBI services. This year, 1,400
children will receive IBI services.

    Fact: As a result of a new College diploma program, 200 new therapists
have been trained.

    Fact: Funding for autism services has increased from $44 million in 2003
to $140 million in 2007.

    Fact: This summer, 800 autistic children enjoyed summer camp experience
as a result of our new investments.

    Fact: 3,000 families with autistic children are receiving respite
services this year as a result of our new investments.

    Fact: Our next step is to prepare schools to deliver IBI directly
on-site.

    More investments have led to more services for more children and
families.





For further information:

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

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