Fact Sheet - Building And Improving The Continuum Of Services For Ontario Children And Youth With Autism

    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
        with autism.

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For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416)

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