Statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Autism Services Changes
“Parents and children across Ontario living with autism stood up to fight for the services they need, and today is a victory for families. Following the Liberal government’s announcement of its initial plan to cut off autism supports, I met with thousands of moms, dads and advocates from across Ontario whose lives were thrown into chaos. They knew that with the right supports, their children could live up to their full potential, and they didn’t give up hope. Today is a win for the future of all of those children. I am very proud to have supported them and raised their issues in the legislature and at protests across the province.
While this is an important win, there is more work to do so that Ontarians with autism can succeed throughout their lives. Whether it’s ensuring our schools have the right special needs supports, or that people have the help they need through adulthood, New Democrats will fight for the services that enable all Ontarians to achieve their full potential.”