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Why Ontario’s Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears
It was “the most emotional and heartbreaking in my time at Queen’s Park.” That’s how NDP MPP Catherine Fife described the debate on autism treatment that occurred on May 17.
The discussion was triggered by an opposition motion to restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism ages five and over.
Along with hundreds of other families from across the province, I watched the motion and debate unfold over two dramatic hours.
Demographic Demands: The Business Case for Diversity
Workplace accommodations won’t always be a matter of choice, Splinter predicts, citing the rollout of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act as an example. “I see that coming up the federal level next.”
MPP Called Cops on Mother of Autistic Kid
Woman had vowed to protest cuts to autism treatment outside Bob Delaney’s office By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 07:25 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2016 08:31 PM EDT
Clint and Melanie Palaypayon sit with their autistic son, Xavier, 6. Their local MPP Bob Delaney’s office complained to police last week and two officers visited their Mississauga home after Melanie told the office staffers she planned to hold a solo protest on Friday over the province’s new autism rules, which would mean her child is no longer eligible for intensive behavioural intervention.
System Abuses Make Booking a Flight With a Service Dog a Frustrating Ordeal
A Vancouver Island resident who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) says WestJet’s current booking procedure places additional stress on some passengers who require accessible travel.