Liberal Government Votes Against Autism Therapy for Children Over Five

May 17, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Today in front of many affected families, Ontario’s Liberal Government voted against the Progressive Conservative’s opposition day motion to reinstate life-changing autism therapy for children over the age of five. As of May 1st, the Liberal Government has terminated Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for those aged five and above.


“Families of autistic children have spent years waiting for life-changing IBI therapy only to be told they no longer qualify” MPP McDonell commented. “Over the last couple of months, the PC Caucus has shared the stories of families that were counting on IBI as a ray of hope for their child’s future and those of children whose lives were changed by IBI. The Government’s callous cut of IBI eligibility for autistic children over the age of five deprives them, and their families, of the brighter future they deserve and IBI offered.”


The government’s decision to cut autism therapy has been met with disbelief by affected families. 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.


“Autism doesn’t end at five, but the Liberal Government continues to cut autism therapy even though it has benefitted so many children above the age cut-off,” added MPP Jim McDonell. “Parents and families are pleading with the Premier and this Liberal government to reverse the cuts and afford children the best chance to succeed in life, they deserve nothing less. After years of mismanaging the Province’s finances, the Liberals are now making autistic children and their families pay. It is unacceptable.”