Queen’s Park — Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East and Ontario Liberal critic for Children, Community and Social Services, is embarking on a province-wide, online consultation with the autism community, Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca announced today.
“As the former Children & Youth Services minister, Michael Coteau was able to redesign the Ontario Autism Program in 92 days, and his years of advocacy for children and families have earned him the trust and confidence of those in the autism community. I am announcing today that Michael will be leading our caucus consultations on delivering a needs-based autism program in Ontario and undoing the damage done by the Ford government as quickly as possible,” said Del Duca. “Ford has completely upended the lives of families across the province and we must ensure their needs are addressed, especially during this pandemic.”
“I know there is a tremendous amount of frustration and fear within the autism community. Parents continue to be in the dark regarding what the new program will actually look like, and we need to ensure their needs are addressed,” said Coteau. “The new reality of COVID-19 raises further challenges, and we’ve seen radio silence from the government on important questions, including how to provide therapy in a time of social distancing, unanswered questions about funding, and increased pressures as children are home from school full time.”
“Families deserve and need answers and support from the government, and we are committed to finding solutions for those with autism and their families, especially during these trying times,” said Coteau.
Coteau will be convening online town halls with parents, those with autism, service providers and advocates over the coming weeks, with forums for those in Ottawa, Peel, York, Durham, Northern Ontario, Kitchener/Waterloo, Windsor and Toronto.
For more information:
Executive Assistant to Michael Coteau, MPP
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