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
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
More investments have led to more services for more children and
For further information:
For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,