After autism program overhauls, Ontario school boards ask province how they’ll manage without more support

Ontario school boards want more resources for students with severe disabilities after a significant change to the province’s autism program that they fear could bring children into classrooms full-time without proper supports.

Families who have children in the program currently receive full funding for intensive therapy. The change, which comes into effect on April 1, allocates funds based on age and household income, and would reduce access for some children. The Progressive Conservative government says the change would spread the resources among all families and clear the waiting list of 23,000.

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