On Wednesday evening, Minister of Children and Family Development Mary Polak met with early intensive behavioural intervention supporters to discuss the government's decision to shutdown that program. So what happened? Not much, according to Victoria Society for Children with Autism co-director Laurel Duruisseau. In an interview on Public Eye Radio, Ms. Duruisseau said Minister Polak "just reiterated her position - their position - of equity. That, essentially, this is the amount of funds they have available and they feel this is the best way to use them to meet as many needs as possible. And that was the extent of the meeting."
Nor, according to Ms. Duruisseau, did Minister Polak give details on her promise to support children already in the early intervention program so their "their transition to the autism funding program is as smooth as we can possibly make it."
"There's no details at all," the co-director said. "And a smooth transition - that's not really good enough. That's not going to replace what all these kids are losing."