The Government of Saskatchewan has announced applications are now being accepted for funding for children with autism spectrum disorder, with a total of $2.8 million has been allocated for 2018-19.
Successful applicants will receive $4,000 individually for children under the age of six.
Health Minister Jim Reiter said this is the province following through on a commitment they made years back.
“It follows up a campaign platform commitment we made in the 2016 election,” he said. “Which is to provide this funding and then in future years, increase the funding and then expand it to school age children, as well.”
Reiter said the money would allow parents to make the decisions they think is most appropriate for the children.
He also noted the money is targeted for specific programming.
“It’s going to be targeted towards things like occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, various numbers of specialists that can help,” he said. “Also, something that hasn’t been there before that’s going to be helpful, I think, is it’s going to help provide funding for respite car so that parents, who are the caregivers, can get a break at times.”
Reiter said for the total money they’re budgeting, that $2.8 million, this will impact in the range of 700 kids.