Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre making cuts to support for autistic youth – CBC

ErinoakKids says it’s not required to provide fee-for-service autism programs

Jul 05, 2023

Maria Garito’s eight-year-old son, Max Maman, is non-verbal and requires around-the-clock care.

As a child with severe — or what’s known as profound — autism, he hasn’t been able to attend school. However, he has found a place where he feels safe and surrounded by community three days a week at Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.

But come August, the core clinical services he receives there will come to and end. The centre is ending the services offered through its fee-for-service autism programs, saying it hasn’t been able to recover the costs or hire sufficient staff.

“In choosing not to help autistic children and youth with core clinical services, they are choosing to crush capacity in their communities and cause irreparable long-term harm in an already dire search for services and support,” Garito told CBC Toronto.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-erinoakkids-treatment-centre-cuts-autism-supports-1.6896414

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