Ontario sees an 83% decrease of kids in service one year after promising to fix botched autism plan

Children, Community and Social Services Minister Todd Smith

Update:

After posting this article on the morning of July 17, hours later the Ministry tweeted that they revised their monthly numbers. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The ministry sent me a message in response to this article to check out their revision.

Original article

It’s been one year since the Ford government started it’s interim plan of doling out cheques to families with children on the autism spectrum. While the government at first struggled to administer the program with low uptake numbers, the number of families that have at least received an invitation for a “childhood budget” cheque has reached 36,648 according to the government’s monthly autism numbers released on July 15.

We just might experience 4 long years

Back in early 2019 when the former Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod was planning to blow up her Liberal predecessor’s program, her staff threatened the The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) organization with a “long four years” if they did not support her plan. MacLeod’s Chief of Staff reply to a clinical psychologist concerns over program changes was for parents to remortgage their house if they want the gold standard treatment. Nice guy!

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Political Scientist turned IT professional serving Canadians in the public service. Father of 2 incredible boys on the autism spectrum.

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