July 10, 2007
For Immediate Release

KLEES: Parents Won't Forget Broken Promise to Children with Autism

(Richmond Hill) MPP Frank Klees, the PC Education Critic, called today's announcement by the McGuinty government to provide funding for autism summer kids' camps " too little too late." Klees also questioned the timing of the announcement which came on the very day that the Richmond Hill Kids Camp opened for the summer.

"If the government really wanted to help families make it possible for their children to attend summer camps, then this announcement would have been made on January 10th, not July 10th," said Klees. "That would have given parents and service providers the time to plan and ensure that the spaces and support workers were available to accommodate the need."

Klees said the Ontario PC's fully support the need for financial support for summer camp programs for children with autism and their families and pointed to the fact that this was just one component of John Tory's autism strategy announced on February 23, 2007. "The fact that this announcement comes 94 days before the next election, and is obviously an after-thought, shows that Dalton McGuinty still does not see assisting families of children with autism as a priority for his government," said Klees.

"This is an issue that must be addressed through a comprehensive plan that addresses the needs of the children as well as the respite needs of parents," added Klees.

Klees said, "John Tory announced just such a plan and we look forward to its implementation following the October 10th election." Today's announcement will provide $585 per child to fund one-on-one support workers for children with autism who can find placement in a summer camp program.

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