BC families losing access to services

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PAOV — Petition starter Jen is urging BC’s government to stop all planned changes to the province’s autism therapy funding. The government plans to end all direct funding to families within the next four years, replacing the current individual funding model with a “hub” system that will interrupt or end access to personalized treatment for many families. If you think that the government should continue their current autism therapy funding model, sign the petition now.

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As a mother of an Autistic son, I am standing up for our children’s rights to access mental and physical therapies for Autism, Down Syndrome and Neurodiverse conditions as should be granted to them by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms section 15. As caregivers our voices should be heard when it comes to decisions such as ones like this that so greatly disrupt and impact our children’s already challenging lives.

The BC Government has announced that the Autism Funding Program and many other programs under the MCFD’s umbrella will be replaced with the Hub Model like Ontario. All funding previously given will be cut off by 2025. In this model the already established relationships with service providers will be effectively cut off for all families who cannot afford to pay out of pocket to continue them. Just one example of economic disparity that will emerge between low-income diverse families, families on reserve, ESL Families, and many others.

The service providers, SLP, Counselling, OT, BC and BI’s whom we have vetted and trusted in coming into our homes and helping us guide our children to a path of success will be stripped away. Overnight many service providers, small business owners, effectively will have their business’s taken away as many families will not be able to continue paying for therapies. Years of relationships and trust, vetting, hiring, and inviting these people into our homes to become a part of our family.

Not only was there no consultation with parents or service providers but also none with any of the Autism organizations here in BC who have been working with 1000’s of families for years. Like Autism BC & Autism Support Network Society. These non-profit networks have been guiding parents through an incredibly difficult and personal journey into finding the assistance their child needs to thrive in their community.

As a parent of an autistic child who has already had the world basically turned upside down for their family will now once again be thrown another roadblock in the way of getting our children the services, equipment and support those years of Research has proven to be effective in helping them navigate their style of learning.

What do we want?

-Individual Funding should remain in place for all that have it and those services should go uninterrupted for as long as needed.

-Full Consultation with Parents, Service Providers and Autism BC for developing a plan for a new system to phase into that is fair, transparent and covers things like equipment and other specialty needs.

-Service centers and Staff should be dedicated to Northern Parts of BC to ensure equality for every BC Child who may be on the spectrum.

Addressed petition to:

John Horgan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Premier

Mitzi Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MCFD

Karen Kirkpatrick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MCFD (Opposition)

Adrian Dix, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Health

Shirly Bond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. MCFD (Opposition)

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