Public Funding of Autism Services
Public funding for autism services in Canada has greatly increased over the past 5 years, which has resulted in the creation of a number of funding programs for autism in Ontario, New Brunswick, and other provinces of Canada. Unfortunately, the rate of autism in Canada has also increased by almost 30% in the last 5 years, which is why the funding has been increasing.
PUBLIC FUNDING OF AUTISM SERVICES IN CANADA
- There has been an emerging consensus on improving autism services in Canada, which should greatly benefit children.
- Most provinces of Canada have responded to the challenge by increasing the funding for autism services particularly for young children.
- The public funding for autism services is estimated to be over $91,130,000 in British Columbia and up to $33,000 per year per child for an autism therapy in New Brunswick.
The RATE OF AUTISM IN CANADA
- As per the latest report of the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention), 1 in 68 children suffer from an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Canada.
- This represents a 30% increase in the prevalence rate previously reported by the CDC.
PUBLIC FUNDING FOR AUTISM SERVICES IN CANADA PROVINCES:
- The province announced that it will implement several amendments to its autism funding programs on Feb 6, 2019, which states that the funding will be given directly to families instead of regional service providers.
- These changes will help a lot of children waiting for autism treatment in the province.(Source 1)
- Families would receive $20,000 a year until their child turns six and additional $5,000 a year until the child turns 18.
- According to the parents, funding should be based on the children’s individual needs instead of just their age, as intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 a year.
- The province provides 20 hours a week of intensive intervention (called early intensive behavioral intervention) for preschool children.
- Public funding is provided to preschool children diagnosed with autism in New Brunswick.
- Funding covers $33,000 per child every year for autism therapy.
- The Direct Family Support Program for Children provides up to $2,200 per month to qualifying families with children with disabilities at home to access respite services. (Source 1)
- The funding program provides for children aged 19 and under.
We commenced our research by first looking for the public funding of Autism services changed in Canada over the past 5 years. We searched through the Canadian government official website for the latest reports on public funding for autism services. Unfortunately, no pre-compiled statistics for public funding have been made publicized by the government. As such, we expanded our focus to include statistics for public funding of autism services changed in Canada over the past 5 years. We extensively searched through news publications and other credible sources such as Researchgate. We also searched through private company databases such as Statista, Forrester, IDC, Gartner. Using that research path, we were able to find a report that detailed the different funding programs in the states of Canada. Unfortunately, public funding programs for autism services were available only for some provinces such as British Columbia.