Ontario Tory Leader Patrick Brown To The Premier: Autism Doesn’t End At Five

From Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown

Posted May 10th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Toronto – This May 10th, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown used Question Period to demand the Ontario Government reverse their cuts to autism therapy.autism demo

“Cutting IBI treatment for children over five is a mistake. It is a mistake to take the chance for IBI treatment away from 5 year old Keith in Toronto,” said Brown, referencing a five year old boy who was removed from the waitlist for therapy. “His mom called these changes ‘devastating for [her] child’s future.’ And she said the devastating cuts to Keith’s treatments are ‘heartbreaking.’”

As of May 1st, the province’s Liberal Government has terminated IBI treatment for those five and above, despite IBI being considered an effective and life-changing treatment for many. By the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ own numbers, approximately 85 per cent of children who receive IBI therapy are over the age cut-off. 

“Thousands of families waited for years for IBI treatment, then with a stroke of a pen, this government ripped any ounce of hope they had away from them,” said Brown.

“Will the Premier put herself in the shoes of these families? Will she give them the hope they need? The hope they deserve?” concluded Brown. “Will you fund IBI for kids over five? Autism doesn’t end at five.”

For the complete exchange in the legislature on this issue, including the government’s responses, click on the following –

VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaj95QEJT7k&feature=youtu.be

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2 responses to “Ontario Tory Leader Patrick Brown To The Premier: Autism Doesn’t End At Five

  1. It seems the Ontario Provincial Liberals have a more important agenda than worrying about the needy children in this province….They have squandered more taxpayer dollars frivolously than any other Canadian Government in the History of Ontario…and the children suffer …


  2. How serious is Brown in this campaign? Based on his federal record, I suspect him to be more right than Hudak and Harris.


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