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Emergency town hall meeting to focus on autism issues

Meeting to be held Wednesday night in Orillia; MPP 'is going to make sure people here in Orillia and area are heard'
2018-06-07 Ont election Elizabeth Van Houtte
Elizabeth Van Houtte, the NDP candidate in last fall's provincial election, is behind an emergency town hall meeting this week. OrilliaMatters File Photo

Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain, is coming to Orillia to hear concerns on changes to the Ontario Autism Program. The emergency town hall is an opportunity for Autism advocates, parents, education assistants, and others affected by program changes to voice their concerns and vision.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 17
  • Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Venue: Orillia Community Church (64 Colborne Street East, Orillia)

Local organizer, Elizabeth Van Houtte, said that the town hall is an important way to communicate with the government.

“We want to make sure that parents and community are consulted when changes happen to programs. MPP Taylor is going to make sure people here in Orillia and area are heard, and that their concerns are brought back to Queen’s Park,” added Van Houtte. “

The changes to the Ontario Autism Program have parents worried that their children will lose access to the services they need,” said Taylor, who is the opposition critic for Children and Youth Services.

“No family should have to go bankrupt paying for supports for their child, and services for children with autism should be available regardless of income, age or where someone lives.”