Autism 'policy failure' has stark consequences for families | Montreal Gazette

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Published: 12Jun2019

MAY 7, 2019 | We know that the prevalence of autism has risen steadily in Quebec, and across the world, as awareness and identification have improved, as have concerns about the availability of both diagnostic and intervention services. Autism is here to stay. Over the past two decades, consecutive governments have struggled to find a policy response to this condition — better understood as a spectrum — that defies typical policy definitions. Autism cuts across health, education and social policies in its complexities, and so too do the services and programs needed to address it.