Local Autism Protest Planned For Brockville Thursday

Parents of kids with autism say they plan to hold a protest outside MPP Steve Clark's office Thursday.

Organizers say they are continuing to work to have their voices heard as the province looks to make changes to the autism program.

Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced last month that in order to clear a waiting list of 23,000 children, kids with autism would receive direct funding to pay for treatment.

On Monday, Ontario's education minister announced additional funding to schools to support students with autism as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.

Organizers confirm the grassroots protest is being put on by local parents, the larger protests like the ones at Queen's Park last week was organized by the Ontario Autism coalition.

It will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday outside the MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes constituency office.