In­creased ser­vices for autism spec­trum dis­or­der in the Es­trie re­gion

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of the first Que­bec Fo­rum on Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der, held on Fe­bru­ary 11 and 12, 2016, dur­ing which peo­ple with ASD, their fam­i­lies, ex­perts and ac­tors have had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­change ideas and vote on ac­tions to be given pri­or­ity.

To support the an­nounced mea­sures, the Gov­ern­ment of Québec will pro­vide a re­cur­ring an­nual in­vest­ment of $29 mil­lion for the prov­ince as a whole and an ad­di­tional $1.25 mil­lion to support re­search, train­ing and pro­duc­tion of in­ter­ven­tion tools re­lated to autism spec­trum dis­or­der. In ad­di­tion, $11 mil­lion is added for the first year of the Ac­tion Plan to re­duce wait­ing lists.

The in­vest­ments an­nounced in­clude the fol­low­ing ob­jec­tives:

• In­creas­ing the num­ber of chil­dren un­der the age of 5 ben­e­fit­ing from the in­ten­sive be­hav­ioral in­ter­ven­tion (IBI) program and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices (45 per cent re­duc­tion in the wait­ing list);

• elim­i­nat­ing the wait­ing list en­tirely, thereby in­creas­ing the num­ber of fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing support for respite, care and babysit­ting ser­vices (nearly 700 new fam­i­lies will ben­e­fit);

• Pro­vid­ing financial support to com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate new respite, man­age­ment, and care­tak­ing spa­ces;

• Sys­tem­at­i­cally as­sign­ing a key player to young chil­dren as soon as they ac­cess ser­vices: These ac­tors will act as ser­vice co­or­di­na­tors, re­liev­ing par­ents of the associated bur­dens

• en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vices at the end of school­ing (21 years) in or­der to pro­mote in­te­gra­tion at work or other types of ac­tiv­i­ties.

"Through this ac­tion plan, we want to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of peo­ple with autism spec­trum dis­or­der and their fam­i­lies, from child­hood to adult­hood,” Charlebois said. “We know that their lives are chal­leng­ing and we want to ac­com­pany them in all im­por­tant stages of their lives."

"The goal is to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure that peo­ple af­fected by Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der, particularly those in the Es­trie re­gion, can ben­e­fit from the ad­di­tional re­sources nec­es­sary for their de­vel­op­ment,” added Fortin.

The 2017-2022 Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der Ac­tion Plan is avail­able at:

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