Ontario autism services waitlist grew to 27,600 children in 2019-2020: FAO
Ontario's fiscal watchdog says the waitlist for child autism services in the province grew to 27,600 children last year.
The Financial Accountability Officer says the increase came as the province shifted funding for behavioural therapy programs.
The changes announced by Premier Doug Ford's government in 2019 sought to eliminate waitlists, but reduced the average amount paid to families to support their children.
Following a backlash, the government announced last year it would create a needs-based program starting in 2021.
The FAO says the province has committed to $600 million in funding for the new program next year.
He says at that level, which would provide an average child with $29,900 annually for therapy, the waitlist would still be nearly 23,000 children.
One Dish, One Mic, GUEST Leo Nolan, Executive Director of Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Program - August 02, 2020Executive Director of @IRQ_Nationals Leo Nolan will be on @610CKTB at 11:18am ET to shine light on the Alabama World Games and the LA Olympic Lacrosse bids. Will the founders of Lacrosse get to play lacrosse at the top level?
“This is Six Nations territory and it’s going to remain Six Nations territory,” said Skyler Williams to @jpantonacci. Skyler joins @SeanVanderklis and @KarlDockstader with a live update from 1492 Land Back Lane.