Northern Ontario autism-service provider no longer offering therapy to new families, blames Ford government's cuts - 2019-09-17
A major autism-service provider in Northern Ontario says it can no longer offer therapy to new families, and blamed the service cuts on the provincial government's changes to autism funding.
Child and Community Resources (CCR), based in Sudbury, said in a statement on Tuesday that changes to the autism program announced by Premier Doug Ford's government last year that cut thousands of dollars in funding for families transformed the "large multidisciplinary organization to a shell of our previous capacity." About 90 positions at CCR have been lost over the past year, a third of them through layoffs because of funding changes, executive director Sherry Fournier said.
The centre said on Tuesday that it was unable to offer fee-for-service options as it did not have enough qualified staff. It had 1,200 children on a wait list for autism services.