Quebec will spend $ 29 million on its 2017-2022 plan on autism and hopes to eliminate the waiting list and increase respite care for 700 other families.
The announcement was made Tuesday in Montreal by three ministers of the Couillard government.
The needs are great in this area. There are 13,000 children aged 4 to 17 with autism spectrum disorder in Quebec.
The $ 29 million is for the health and social services network. Québec is betting that by tracking and intervening earlier, there will be less pressure on the school system, which is already struggling with education professionals who are overwhelmed to help the young people concerned.
Of this total of $ 29 million, the lion’s share of $ 11.2 million will be used to increase rehabilitation and intensive behavioral intervention in ICI for children aged 0 to 5 years.