Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mother of child with autism says Liberal MPP's apology 'not from the heart'

A mother of a child with autism said a Liberal MPP’s apology was “not from the heart” after the police were called on her for threatening a protest at his office.

Bob Delaney, a Liberal backbench MPP, said the police were called after Melanie Palaypayon “frequently” called his constituency office and threatened to protest the government’s new autism program by handing out flyers outside his office.

Peel Regional Police ultimately visited Palaypayon at her home.

Palaypayon and her 6-year-old son Xavier have been waiting for more than three years for Xavier to receive Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy, an advanced behavioural therapy method for children with autism.

When the Liberal government decided to change regulations surrounding autism services, Intensive Behavioural Intervention was defunded for children with autism who are five years old or older.

Despite being on the waiting list for three years, Xavier was removed from the list for IBI this spring.  (more...)

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