Province to unveil its new autism program today

The provincial government is to announcing the launch of its new autism program today.

The launch is expected to go much more smoothly than the Liberals' last attempt that angered thousands of families and spawned large protests.

Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau is expected to announce that children will begin moving into the new program on June 26th.

Unlike the bungled rollout last year, intensive therapy will not be limited to children under five as the government works toward fully implementing the program by the spring of 2018.

Ontario Autism Coalition president Bruce McIntosh says the key difference this time around is families and advocates were involved in the process of developing the program.

The new program will not be limited by severity of diagnosis, so intensive services will be available to kids anywhere on the spectrum, if needed.

The Canadian Press has learned Coteau is also set to announce that applied behavioural analysis practitioners will be regulated.