Ontario overhauls its autism program

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The Ontario government is radically changing the way it funds its autism program. Going forward funding for treatment will go directly to families instead of regional service providers as the government attempts to clear a waiting list of 23,000 children.
Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced Wednesday that families would get funding until their child turns 18.
The funding amount will depend on the length of time a child will be in the program, and support will be targeted to lower- and middle-income families.
A child entering the program at age two would be eligible to receive up to $140,000 for treatment, while a child entering the program at age seven would receive up to $55,000.
She says families on the waiting list can expect to receive funding within the next 18 months.

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