Toronto - Mar. 21, 2019: On Thursday, the Ford government and Minister Lisa MacLeod got the hopes of parents of children with autism up for a moment - only to tear them back down again with an announcement that leaves Ford's devastating cuts to autism supports for children in place. NDP Critic for Children Monique Taylor released the following statement: FULL STORY
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Toronto - Mar. 21, 2019: Ontario's government is putting people first by enhancing the Ontario Autism Program, which comes into effect on April 1, 2019.
"Our government is fully committed to transforming how autism services are delivered in Ontario," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. "The government is working to move all 23,000 children off the waitlist as quickly as possible within the next 18 months." FULL STORY
Toronto - Mar. 19, 2019: "Today's federal budget confirms the federal government does not share Ontario's vision for making our province, let alone our country, Open for Business and Open for Jobs, and threatens manufacturing jobs and small businesses in Ontario. This in addition to hurting hard-working families by imposing its job-killing carbon tax. FULL STORY
Perth - Mar. 18, 2019: Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston wrote an open letter to his constituents. It is the fundamental and over-arching first principle of all elected representatives to support their constituents to the best of their ability each and every day. If that is not the first thought of every single elected member each morning then they ought to reflect upon why they serve. He raised concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying by close friends and advisors employed by Premier Ford FULL STORY
Toronto - Mar. 15, 2019: Students and parents in Ontario can look forward to the implementation of stronger math, STEM, and financial literacy curricula, improved skilled trades opportunities, and a provincewide ban on cellphones in the classroom as part of the Government of Ontario's sweeping new vision for 'Education that Works for You,' Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education, announced today. FULL STORY
Whalen Corners - Mar. 13, 2019: When a student enrolls in school, that school gets a cheque for $12,300 to cover the expense for the year, known as a "Grant for Student Needs". That has nothing to do with autism - the student could have autism, they could have athlete’s foot. FULL STORY
Toronto - Mar. 12, 2019: Today’s announcement by the Ministry of Education does not address the fundamental concerns and worries that parents of students with autism express to us daily at Autism Ontario. There are many solutions. We need every school to have Registered Behaviour Technicians (RBTs) who are directly supervised in their work. If the student’s educational assessment and Individual Education Plan (IEP) identifies ABA support needs (as required in PPM-140), there must be a BCBA overseeing the identified learning objectives and outcomes. FULL STORY
Kingston - Mar. 10, 2019: The NDP has authored a bill to ban single-use, throw away plastics, and will reveal its plan this week. Ian Arthur, the NDP critic for the Environment and Sustainability said tackling the epidemic of single-use, throw-away plastics should be the first step in a complete waste reduction plan. FULL STORY
Whalen Corners - Mar. 10, 2019: It's hard for outsiders to know why parents are upset by the new autism program. It’s tough to explain in simple terms why the government needs to hit "pause" on the new OAP and go back to the table (keep in mind, the new plan goes "live" on April 1 - that’s coming up quickly!). Here’s my attempt to keep things short-and-sweet FULL STORY
Toronto - Mar. 7, 2019: Surrey Place has a long-standing history of providing evidence based, high quality clinical treatment to children living with autism in the Toronto region. During consultation meetings with the Ministry, Surrey Place provided alternative models for service delivery that focused on evidence based clinical treatment required to meet the individualized needs of children living with autism. Our recommendations are not reflected in the new model. FULL STORY
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