Updated: Jul 31, 2021
Update Edit: March 31, 2019: Advocacy works! The Ontario government has reversed it's previous decision to include speech therapy in its autism funding plan, details to come! Advocacy works! Ontario Autism funding to now include speech therapy https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/03/21/ontario-to-tweak-autism-plan-after-heated-protests_a_23697781/?utm_hp_ref=ca-homepage #slpeeps #ontario #autism #asd
Ask a parent of a child with autism if they ever needed speech therapy for their child. The answer is likely 'yes', hours and years of working directly with a Speech Language Pathologist to develop language skills. Under the provincial funding model, parents are now not allowed to use their autism funding for speech therapy in Ontario.
In 2017, Ontario’s autism funding handed money directly to parents to be spent on a list of professional services, one that included speech therapy. Families benefited from being able to make that choice for themselves. On February 6, 2019, Ontario’s Minister of Children, Lisa MacLeod, announced new autism funding changes