Ottawa march on Parliament reminded public of need for national autism strategy
By Mélanie Ritchot and John Gallardo
On March 30, three days before World Autism Awareness Day, people from across Ontario marched from Barrhaven to Parliament Hill to request a national autism strategy. The march was prompted by recent changes by the Ford government to the Ontario Autism Program and funding cuts for many families with children with autism. A day after the march, Lisa Macleod announced that the province will consult with parents about a needs-based approach to the provincial Autism Program through an online survey which will begin on May 1.