Teaching Children with Autism

Teaching Children with Autism

As you know, I am very opposed to some of the recent changes to the autism program/legislation, but I am not totally opposed to the Ontario Liberals in general, although I do think that the current government is not competent to deal with all of the problems faced by the province. Not all of that is their fault, and I don’t hold out any hope that any other political partiy is going to do any better.

Regarding the gas plant scandal: Moving the gas plants was the right thing to do, regardless of what it cost. The error was in placing them so close to homes (and schools?) in the first place and writing a contract with such financially punitive clauses in it, and whoever did that ought to have been fired.

I think the present government’s heart is in the right place most of the time, but the financial problems are overwhelming. Part of that can be attributed to Steven Harper, and the fact that the federal PC’s took a lot more money out of the province than they put into it, probably at least because Ontario was Liberal while the feds were PC. Then there was the free trade agreement and Ontario’s loss of so many manufacturing jobs. Probably inevitable, but what a blow to that part of the economy. The rich get rich and the poor get poorer.

Any other political party would face the same hard choices, and the PC’s – remember Mike Harris and the sell off of the 407 – would probably deal with our own concerns by eliminating altogether any and all treatment for persons with ASD. As for the NDP, they make an excellent Opposition, and always have. You see, I remember the Bob Rae government, too. Promises they made when not in power were certainly not kept after being elected. Politicians are rarely statesmen/stateswomen. What a mess the province is in.

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep the pressure on, and increase it to the extent that we can, for those causes about which we feel passionate. As I said before, eliminating from IBI eligibility all children over the age of four is immoral and will do immense damage to everyone within the province. The first rule of ethics should be that people are not expendable.

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