Autistics' Perspectives of Autism Funding in Ontario

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Janse van Rensburg, Margaret Gower




Ontario overhauled their autism program in 2019 seeking to replace the flexible service- or funding-based 2018 Ontario Autism Program with a cash-based benefit called the Childhood Budgets program. I used one-to-one interviews to collect four autistic adults' perspectives of autism funding in Ontario. Participants reflected on how they identified with autism to frame their discussions in this research. Participants highlighted the importance of enjoying supports and services. Some participants did not trust the school system because of inadequate provision of support. The lack of adequate funding, services, and supports for autism in Ontario may have increased some of the participants' use of medication. Participants wanted inclusive policy-making opportunities for autistic people. They agreed that some of the costs for services should be covered. This research demonstrates that autistic adults are willing to take part in policy discussions surrounding autism, advocating that autistic perspectives be considered when creating new autism programs.


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Carleton University

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