Autism: The Other End of the Spectrum
The Canadian government is beginning to acknowledge a lack of programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum. The Ontario government in publicly recognizing the deficits to the autism services and supports has launched a number of inquiries into just how to assist individuals with autism.
Right now there about 8,000 young (ages 0-17) people in the special services at home program. There are 9,000 adults on the passport waiting program, a government funding program that funds persons directly to purchase services, instead of institutionalized care. There is an expected additional 4,000 people to be soon on the waiting list as well.