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Letter: Autism an emotional issue

The Ontario Association for Behavioural Analysis is calling on the government to reconsider its approach
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GuelphToday received the following letter from the Ontario Association for Behavioural Analysis:

With respect to Minister MacLeod’s general apology, emotions do run deep when you’re talking about support for Ontario families of children and youth with autism. However, this issue is most emotional and most personal for families of children with autism, we all need to engage in behaviour that supports them at this time. 

We acknowledge that Minister MacLeod now regrets her comments, but it’s ONTABA that has been unwavering in its support of these families and their children on the autism spectrum. While the Minister has expressed regret, we’re VERY confused that her office issued another statement attacking ONTABA just a few hours before she issued her apology.  We’re not interested in seeing Minister MacLeod lose her job and we are not motivated by self-interest, the only interests that matter to our members is providing the necessary supports and evidence-based care for children with autism.  

We are still calling upon the government to reconsider its approach, offer meaningful consultations and abandon the idea of imposing a one-sized fits all funding approach that will leave families in crisis.