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Local MPP presses government on intensive autism therapy for kids

Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 7:04 am EST

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A local MPP is turning up the heat on the Wynne government to restore funding for intensive autism therapy for children over the age of five.

The government cut funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention therapy for children over that threshold, effective May 1st.

It maintains this will allow it to reduce waiting lists and provide the therapy to more children.

Kitchener-Conestoga Conservative MPP Michael Harris disagrees and says he’s disappointed the government refused to support an opposition motion to continue IBI therapy for children over five.

Harris says, “Despite the plea from parents across Waterloo Region – and across the province – the Liberal Government members refuse to listen.”

He added, the government’s own numbers show roughly 85 per cent of children who receive IBI therapy are over the age cut-off.