Autism file new minister's top priority

AUTISM

Ontario's new minister of Children, Community and Social Services says the autism file is one of his top priorities.

Todd Smith says "we need to be open and transparent."

Smith says he's committed to providing monthly updates on the number of children waiting for services and well as the number currently in services.

The most recent numbers available show that 10,365 children are currently in service in the Ontario Autism Program, while 24,924 children are waiting for service.