Autism Funding Withdrawn for Children over the age of 5
- March 31, 2016
- Kimberly Srivastava
Our office has been contacted by dozens of parents concerned about the recently announced changes to the availability and eligibility of IBI programming for young children with autism.
For those who don’t know, children with autism thrive when supported by intensive behavioural intervention (IBI). This intervention works to decrease poor habits and foster new, positive habits which help children communicate, socialize and learn. Research has shown that early intervention with IBI can have hugely positive results.
In the past, the province has had very long waitlists to access provincial funding for IBI. At the end of March 2016, the province announced that it was dedicating $333 million to autism programming and which would help to decrease the waitlists. However, by doing so, the province has changed the eligibility requirements so that only children 2-4 years old will receive IBI funding and programming. You can view the announcement here (link).
This change means that for all of the children who were on the wait list for years and still haven’t received, or only just began receiving IBI, if they are over 5 years old, they are no longer eligible.
Bakerlaw has already filed one Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Application regarding the provision of IBI through the education system. We are also gearing up for a second case on behalf of a child who is having IBI funding withdrawn as a result of this change.
We will be setting up a crowd funding page to help finance these cases.
Spread the word and stay tuned for more details about how you can get involved.
If you want to be contacted with updates on this case or contribute funds, send us your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A petition has been initiated, you can view it and lend your support here (link).
CBC has done a story involving some concerned parents, you can read the story here (link).
A Facebook page has been started regarding the change. You can view that here (link).
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