Families protest changes to Ontario's autism program at Queen's Park - 2019-03-12

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F182.png Families protest changes to Ontario's autism program at Queen's Park March 12, 2019, Canadian Press, CBC News

Hundreds of parents, therapists and union members gathered outside Queen's Park on Thursday to protest the provincial government's changes to Ontario's autism program.

Families of children with autism say the plan unveiled last month by Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod will leave kids without access to the level of treatment they need.

MacLeod has faced severe criticism over the revamped program, which aims to clear a wait list of 23,000 children by providing direct funding to all kids diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Families will get up to $20,000 per year for treatment for children under six and $5,000 a year for children six to 18, but intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 a year.

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{{cite news | title = Families protest changes to Ontario's autism program at Queen's Park | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/autism-protest-queens-park-1.5046429 | work = Canadian Press | publisher = CBC News | date = March 12, 2019 | accessdate = May 1, 2019 }}