Ontario reverses course on autism program, moves towards needs-based strategy - 2019-07-30
The Ontario government is shifting gears on its autism file after months of stark criticism and is moving toward a new program based on the individual needs of children.
The announcement made on Monday by Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith marks a reversal from the Doug Ford government's February revamp of the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), which offered each child a fixed amount of money determined solely by their age and family income. The attempt at a revamp comes on the heels of backlash from parents as well as an internal review from the government that called for a reset of the strategy.
"It's clear to me that we didn't get the redesign right the first time. I'm here to tell you we will now," Smith said at a press conference in Toronto. "We are certainly sorry for the anxiety that this has caused parents across Ontario."