Government “reforms” will leave families affected by autism on their own and struggling for support
TORONTO, ON – The Ford government’s reckless changes to the way it supports children with autism put desperately needed services at risk and make it clear to their families that they’re on their own, say representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE Ontario.
They are joined in this assessment by the Ontario Autism Coalition, which has shared its concerns with the union.
“The government hasn’t listened to frontline workers and it hasn’t listened to parents of children with autism,” said Laura Walton, an educational assistant (EA) and president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU). The council represents 55,000 education workers, including educational assistants trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to work with children with autism.