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May 5, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli used today’s Question Period to highlight how the government’s autism therapy cuts were impacting local North Bay resident Kristen Tignanelli and her son Luca.

On May 1st, the Liberal government’s cuts to autism therapy came into full-effect in Ontario. The government’s changes terminated Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) treatment for those five years and above. By the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ own numbers, approximately 85 per cent of children who receive IBI therapy are over the new age cut-off.

“It’s shameful that Luca cannot receive the important therapy he needs simply because he no longer meets the new and arbitrary cut-off being imposed by this government,” said Fedeli. “Kristen, like many parents across the province, was taken aback by the province’s sudden change,” added Fedeli.

A rally organized by the Autism Ontario Coalition at Queen’s Park today urged the Liberal government to reverse the cuts.

“The government has a responsibility to ensure children with autism, such as Luca, can realize their full potential. Instead, after years of waste, mismanagement, and scandals, the Liberal government is attempting to balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable,” concluded Fedeli.

Video of Fedeli’s question can be found here: https://youtu.be/0rXWzqeUAkg

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