Jreyk was diagnosed with Autism at 2.5 years old. Evidence based research shows that early intervention is important in a child’s development. We immediately started private ABA, Speech and Occupational Therapy. We made financial sacrifices to invest in our child’s future, with the assumption that in the 12-18 months we were told we would we have to wait, that our son would receive services under the Ontario Autism Program. The waitlist was frozen and two years have come and gone. Our son is thriving in therapy, so even though we can’t afford to keep him in service, we know we also can’t afford not to.
The new Ontario Autism Program will not provide our son with adequate services, even for a “high functioning” kid. His needs are just as high, and his verbal skills overshadow his lack of communication and social skills.
Our government needs to invest in our most vulnerable children now, or they likely will be dependent on government services in the future.