NDP's Taylor Demands Premier Restore Program Funding for Children with Autism

QUEEN'S PARK – Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain and NDP critic for children and youth services, demanded that Premier Wynne restore funding to Yes I Can Nursery in Toronto that offers specialized programs for children with autism.

Yes I Can Nursery in Toronto provides programming for children with autism but those programs are now in jeopardy because the government is cutting their funding.

“Your government claims this was ‘one time funding’ but Yes I Can has been receiving this funding for the past nine years. They have built their programs with the understanding they were working toward sustainable funding but, out of the blue, the funding was cut,” said Taylor.

Taylor recounted the story of a single mother who moved house from Brampton to Toronto so that her severely autistic daughter could get the programming she needs at Yes I Can.

“The girl is now in the specialized communication classes at Yes I Can full-time. However, if funding is not restored, those classes could come to an end,” Taylor said.

“Will the premier keep her commitment to children with autism and restore funding to Yes I Can?” demanded Taylor.