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February 20, 2020

HEY LADIES - ‘AUTISM’ MOMS & THE ONTARIO GOVT’S ABUSE OF TRUST

The Ontario government of Premier Doug Ford has cut essential services & support for Autistic children & their families. The Minister responislbe for the file, Todd Smith, said the government would have a new, needs-based program in place for April 2020. In December 2019, he changed it to 2021. Austism families trusted Minister Smith to keep his word; he didn't.
 
As a result, fanmilies with children on the Autism spectrum are struggling to afford the therapy their kids need to flourish. Jobs are being lost. Autistic kids are backsliding. And the Ford government doesn't seem to care.
 
Liana Kerzner talks to two women for whom autism services, or lack thereof, affect their daily lives. Tara McMahon and Meghan Rigden share their stories, their struggles, their successes, and their hopes, in a frank, wide-ranging conversation that shows that every kid (and adult) with autism is an individual, and Ford & Smith's "one-size-fits-all" current program does not address the varied needs of autistic children.
 
If this episode doesn't tear at your heart, you don't have one.
 
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