We NEED all of you parents to join us in sending a brief email to the Minister’s Policy Advisor on the autism file, Michael Nicin. You may CC Premier Wynne & Minister Coteau as well if you wish.
Write: WE ARE STILL IN CRISIS , in the subject line. The email should contain your concerns about the issues families are STILL facing regarding age cut offs, reductions in service, lack of communication between regionals & families, funding inequalities etc., the OAP is set to kick off in JUNE and we are currently on a dark road with no light in sight.
You need to tell them:
1. EXACTLY what the “solution” offered this past June actually accomplished. Key notes to remember: the “solution” is nothing but a short-term solution only available to those kicked off of the wait list in May. The Government has not even been vigilant in ensuring all families eligible for the funding have been informed about it, nevermind ensuring ALL children with autism receive the help they need. Many families are STILL receiving reductions in service hours, or have just received a diagnoses and can do nothing but wait for the unknown; families who had been denied the IBI their child desperately needed were left to continue waiting with no help at all; the Expert and Implementation committees are still under NDA’s which eliminates any possible element of true transparency. This is UNACCEPTABLE.
2. EXACTLY what this means for your child(ren)/Family. Explain the added stress of having no valuable insight into what the future holds for your child in terms of the available services in the OAP; if you have been short-handed by both the AIP and March and June announcements; how your family has been effected by the ever-growing list of cuts to special education programs and the school boards, etc. while receiving improper or insufficient support from the AIP, etc.
3. You need to explain WHY IT STILL IS A CRISIS – b/c the launch of the OAP appears to still be targeting the most vulnerable kids, both presently and in the years to come – yours included – as the ones that will bear the brunt of the “transition”, & it will continue to appear this way until the doors of communication between the Government and the public open up completely, the NDA’s are REMOVED to prove to families that this IS INDEED about helping ALL children with ASD, and community input is indeed sought out during the process of developing the OAP. There is NO reason for lack of full disclosure or avoiding communication with parents directly if there is nothing to hide.
Let’s get these emails sent out ASAP!!
Thank you, Everyone!