Ontario government working to enroll eight-thousand children with autism into core therapies

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Ontario has enrolled 888 children with autism in core therapies, an addition of just 30 since April.

But the government insists it will meet its goal of enrolling eight-thousand kids by the end of the fall.

 Government officials say a new intake process has slowed registrations, but now that it is up and running, they believe those numbers will start to grow exponentially.

But they admit to being puzzled by a relatively low response rate to letters sent to families inviting them to register with the independent intake organization, the first step in the new process for children to get government-funded therapy.

Ontario Autism Coalition president Angela Brandt says the government just has to look at its history with the autism program to explain the lower-than-expected uptake.

 She says parents have lost trust after waiting for a program first promised in early 2019

 Government officials concede that some children who have been waiting since 2015, or possibly longer, may not even need the therapy anymore.