Tue, 31 May 2016
Oakville’s Town Council has unanimously voted in favour of a resolution calling on the Ontario government to improve policies aimed at supporting children with autism.
The moton was put forward by Mayor Rob Burton, and calls upon the provincial government to amend its current policy on Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services. New provincial regulations would discontinue services to children over the age of four. This would effectively abandon 2000 children in Ontario currently on a waitlist to receive IBI services.
“Thousands of families have already been waitlisted for these effective and important services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Council is standing alongside families in Oakville and across Ontario by reminding the Province that autism doesn’t end at five.”
The resolution requests that a letter be sent to the Ontario government calling upon the Province to make the following amendments to its Ontario Autism Program:
The Mayor’s concern arose after speaking to concerned parents at Town Hall during a flag-raising ceremony in recognition of Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, 2016. It was seconded by newly-elected Ward 2 Council member Ray Chisholm.
“This resolution is part of a larger call for the government to address these concerns,” said Councillor Chisholm. “The Province has indicated it is willing to listen, and we hope it does on this issue.”