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(Canada) 1,105 Ont children with ASD to lose full-time therapy; dumped on public schools instead

Mar 18, 2019, CTV: 'We are desperate': Ont. family selling home to keep son in autism therapy https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/we-are-desperate-ont-family-selling-home-to-keep-son-in-autism-therapy-1.4340461 A Toronto couple say recent changes to the Ontario government’s program for children with autism have led them to decide to sell their home. Selling a home in Toronto will give Will and Nevena Dundas a significant amount of money to put toward therapy for their five-year-old son Dylan -- but they don’t expect to make enough to cover all the support he’ll need to become a self-sufficient adult. … …but they don’t expect to make enough to cover all the support he’ll need to become a self-sufficient adult. … The provincial government announced last month that it was changing its funding model for children with autism in an attempt to get some money to all families seeking treatment. Under the old model, there was a wait list of 23,000 children receiving no targeted funding at all. Will Dundas said the government was putting $90,000 per year toward Dylan’s therapy under the previous plan. The family will now receive less than $2,000 each year. … There are 1,105 children with autism in Ontario who are enrolled in full-time therapy treatments rather than school. Parents who will no longer be able to pay for those treatments will instead have to place their children into the school system, even if they may not be ready to spend their days in a classroom environment…. “I think the government is thinking that everybody needs these high dollar amounts, and it’s not sustainable for them to pay $90,000 per child -- but that’s not the case,” she said. …