TORONTO, May 3, 2016 /CNW/ - On Thursday May 5th, between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m., hundreds of members of the autism community will protest in front of Queen's Park to show their opposition to the government's decision to cut Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children aged five and older. People with ASD, their families, and the professionals who work with them will stand together against this unethical decision.
In an extraordinary show of bi-partisanship, both Progressive Conservative and New Democrat MPPs have declared their opposition to the plan. Both party leaders and their shadow cabinet critics will speak at the protest. In addition, labour union leaders from CUPE, ETFO, OSSTF, OPSEU, and the OFL will lend their voices to the movement opposing the Wynne government's decision.
Since the announcement, the members of the Ontario Autism Coalition have been raising their voices across the province. Over 20 rallies have taken place outside the offices of Liberal MPP's. Petitions have been gathered, letters and emails have been written, and families have been confronting the Premier directly at public appearances. So far, the Premier has kept to the same script she has been reciting since the original announcement. In response, parents have vowed that they will not stop their protests until their children get what they need.
The Ontario Autism Coalition is a non-profit Ontario corporation dedicated to advocacy and political action on behalf of people with autism.
SOURCE Ontario Autism Coalition
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For further information: Ontario Autism Coalition: Bruce McIntosh, President, 416-451-8315, [email protected]; Laura Kirby-McIntosh, Vice-President, 416-315-7939, [email protected]; Sharon Gabison, Secretary-Treasurer, 647-892-4418, [email protected]; Parents available for interviews: Brianne Brown, 519-217-4352, [email protected]; Steven Sherwood, 416-566-7234, [email protected]; Behaviour Analysis Professionals available for interviews: Dr. James Porter, 289-937-6096, [email protected]; Nancy Marchese, BCBA, 416-889-7572, [email protected]