McGuinty Liberals removed discriminatory Conservative age cap for autism

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Today John Tory is trying to revise history as
his negative campaign continues.
    On November 24, 1999, a lawsuit was filed against the Conservative
government by a group of parents with autistic children. One of the parents
said in a press release: "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 this way."
    The lawsuit finally went to court in April 2003, still under the
Conservative government.
    It was a mess that McGuinty Liberals had to clean up. But it never got in
the way of our commitment to helping autistic children and their families.
    This year more than 1,400 autistic children will receive IBI therapy, up
from 530 under the Conservatives, and 0 under the NDP. The average annual
total cost per child for IBI therapy is $70,000.

    The 2003 Commitment:

    "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."

    What was delivered:

    -   Extended autism treatment beyond the age of six, cancelling the
        Conservative age cut off
    -   Tripled investments in autism to over $140 million
    -   More than doubled the number of children receiving IBI therapy,
        including kids over age 6
    -   Created a new college program to train more IBI therapists
    -   Invested in summer camps for autistic children
    -   Invested in respite services for parents of autistic children
    -   Invested in training child care workers and education assistants
    -   Directed school boards to prepare schools to deliver IBI therapy

For further information:

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

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